June 1, 2023


How to parallel park (5 easy steps)

Parallel parking can be a bit troubling for some drivers. However, it's not something unachievable. With a little practice and the right techniques you can become a parallel parking pro. In the following y 5 steps guide we will break down the process into easy steps that can help you master the art of parallel parking. Ready? 

Step 1: Find the Right Spot

When looking for a spot where you want to parallel park the first thing is to make sure that there are no parking restrictions. Once you’ve cleared that out, search for an area that is at least 1.5 times the length of your car. Sometimes spots are too tight and might not give you enough movement space which could lead to an accident, so pick one where your car can fit comfortably between the 2 other vehicles. 

Step 2: Signal and Position your Car

Approach the parking spot slowly and signal your intent to parallel park, turn on your warning lights. Then, align your car with the vehicle in front of the empty space, leaving about two or three feet of clearance in between (60 -90 cm). 

Step 3: Reverse and Turn

Shift your vehicle into reverse gear and start backing up slowly. Check your rearview and side mirrors frequently to make sure there’s not another vehicle or any pedestrians coming. Once the back of your car aligns with the bumper of the car in front of you, start turning the wheel towards the curb. As you continue to reverse, straighten your steering wheel gradually when the front of your car is not that close to the bumper of the other vehicle.

Step 4: Adjust and Finish Parking

Continue reversing until your car is almost parallel to the curb. Just remember to leave a reasonable gap between your vehicle and the curb, think 6-8 inches  (15-20 cm), this will allow you to open the door easily. Once you feel comfortable with your car’s position, shift to parking mode, turn off the engine and engage the handbrake if necessary. 

Step 5: Check Final Position

Take a moment to review your position in the parking space, make sure that you’re not too far from the curb or  too close to the road. That’s it! 

Parallel parking might seem a bit challenging at first, but with practice it can become second nature. We hope this easy 5 steps guide can help you the next time you’re in need of parallel parking or just so you can show off your parking skills. Remember to be patient, you’ve got  this! 💜

Follow us on social media to learn more driving tips and insurance hacks! 

Click here to find our Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.