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Parallel Parking like a Pro

7 Steps to Better Parallel Parking

One part of driving that can be just as intimidating for experienced drivers as it is for new drivers is parallel parking. Don't let yourself be one of the people who avoid parking spaces in which they will have to parallel park. Learn the seven steps below then get out on the road and practice, practice, practice. Because no matter what anyone tells you: parallel parking isn't impossible - it just takes some time getting used to.

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    STEP 1:
    Use your turn signal to indicate you're parking. Make sure the space you're aiming for is at least 6 feet longer than your car.

    STEP 2:
    Pull up beside the car in front of the space where you intend to park.

    STEP 3:
    Look over your shoulder and reverse the car slowly. As the front of your car passes the rear bumper of the car you're parking behind, turn the steering wheel towards the curb.

    STEP 4:
    Continue backing up slowly into the space while checking your mirrors.

    STEP 5:
    Once you get your car halfway into the space, turn the wheel away from the curb.

    STEP 6:
    Continue turning the wheel as you back up into the space. A safe distance of 1 foot from the curb is ideal.

    STEP 7:
    Straighten out the wheel and pull forward or back in the space to center your car. Remember to practice in a safe place with cones first before you try it out for real.