Parallel Parking

What is Parallel Parking?

Parallel parking is like solving a puzzle to park your car on the side of the street.  Imagine two cars are already parked, and you need to slip your car into the empty space between them.

Here’s the basic plan:  You drive up to the empty spot,  then carefully slide your car in so it’s parked neatly and in line with the sidewalk.  The key is to make sure the parking space is big enough for your car, so you can fit in without any trouble.

It’s a handy skill for city driving where parking spaces can be tight.  Parallel parking is about smoothly fitting your car into a space that’s just right for it.  Simple, right?

How to Parallel Park

How to Parallel Park

Preparing for your road test? Parallel parking might seem challenging, but we’re here to make it straightforward, especially when practicing with just one car.

Imagine a quiet street.  Instead of worrying about parking between two cars, let’s keep it easy- just you and one car.  We’ll go step by step,  Whethere it’s for your road test or just to be a better parker, let’s make parallel parking easy peasy.  Ready? Let’s go!

Step 1

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Choose a car to parallel park next to,

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Turn on your right signal.

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Pull your car beside the chosen car, leaving about 1 meter of space.


Align your back small window with the tail light of the neighbouring car and stop.

Step 2


Check for traffic.  Turn the steering wheel one time to the right or 360 degrees.  Put the gear in reverse but don’t reverse yet.  Perform a 360 degree vision check and proceed only when it’s safe to do so.

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Begin to reverse until the tail light of the neighbouring car aligns with the front passenger side corner of your car, then stop.

Step 3


Turn the steering wheel straight.


Reverse until you clear the bumper of neighbouring car, then stop.

Step 4

Parallel-parking-turn-the-wheel-all-the-way-to-leftTurn the steering wheel all the way to the left.  Begin reversing slowly until you are parallel to the curb, then stop.

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Straighten the steering wheel and move forward if necessary.

Common Mistake

Common mistakes during parallel parking can happen to even experienced drivers.  Here are some typical errors and how to avoid them:

Not Using Right Turn Signal:

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  • Problem:  Forgetting to signal your intention to parallel park.

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  • Solution:  Always use your right turn signal before starting the parallel parking process.

Misjudging Distance:

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  • Problem:  Not being sure how much space your car needs.

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  • Solution:  Always Practice so you can better tell if your car is too close or too far.

Hitting the Curb:

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  • Problem:  Bumping into the sidewalk.
  • Solution:  Always Practice judging the distance from the curb and adjust as needed.

Forgetting to Check blinds Spots:

  • Problem:  Not looking around for people or other cars.
  • Solution:  Always check around you before and while parking.

Relying Only on Mirrors:

  • Problem:  Not turning your Head to check blind spots or look behind.
  • Solution:  Turn your head to look behind while backing up.

Rushing the Process:

  • Problem:  Trying to park too quickly.
  • Solution:  Take your time, breathe, and go at a slow pace.

Not Practicing Enough:

  • Problem:  Rarely practicing parallel parking.
  • Solution:  Practice in different places and conditions reqularly.