How to Do Vertical Parking

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Vertical parking or parallel parking as it is sometimes called, can make some drivers nervous. This usually means a driver has to park in between two already parked cars, causing frustration if the space is too small. After a little practice, vertical parking can be easy, but time and patience is needed to fully master the skill.

  • Sit in the car, and pull the seat belt across the torso, clicking it into place. Adjust the side mirrors, so that the rear tires can be seen. Adjust the rear view mirror to properly see out of the back window.

  • Drive the car forward. Stop about half a car length past the parking spot. Check to make sure the vehicle is parallel to the curb and any car that might be in front of the parking spot.

  • Put the car in reverse, and drive backwards slowly. Turn the steering wheel to the right as the car is moving backward. Start to ease the car into the parking spot.

  • Look in each of the side mirrors as the car is moving backward to see how close the vehicle is to the curb. Move the steering wheel back to center slowly as the rear of the car enters the parking spot, helping to straighten the vehicle.

  • Put the car into drive and move forward slowly once the car as been guided into the parking spot. Turn the wheel to the left and back to center to further straighten the vehicle if it appears to be crooked. Repeat the steps to back the car into the parking spot if the car is crooked or if the spot is small. Put the car into park once the vehicle is in the middle of the space and is parallel to the curb.

Tips & Warnings

  • Watch the side and rear view mirrors when backing the car up, so hitting any cars in the surrounding parking spots can be avoided.

References

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