Reverse angle parking isn't an easy parking technique to master. Instead of pulling in between two lines in a parking lot, there are additional maneuvers you must make when reverse angle parking. The most difficult move is parking at the correct angle with the vehicle in reverse. Reverse angle parking is a useful technique to master; reverse angle parking spots are often found on busy city streets where parking is hard to come by. Passing up a reverse angle parking spot due to lack of confidence could lead to frustration and more walking.
Find an open reverse angle parking spot. Drive slowly past the parking spot, closer to the curb on the right and with your turn signal on, indicating that you're planning to park. Make sure if there's anyone behind you that you make the other drivers aware of your intentions. Before backing up, look in your rear view and side mirrors and turn around to make sure traffic behind you has cleared.
Pull straight back; once the back wheel passes the nearest parking line, begin to angle into the spot at a 45-degree angle. Turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction from the direction you're trying to turn. Turn the steering wheel to the left to correctly angle into an open spot on the right. If you're parking on a one-way street and parking on the left side, turn the wheel to the right to turn left. Continue in reverse until you're safely in the parking spot.
Have confidence in your parking abilities. Most people fail at reverse angle parking simply because it's different. Reverse angle parking may actually be easier than parallel parking, a common city parking technique. Reverse angle parking requires turning the steering wheel only one way; parallel parking requires two reverse maneuvers.
Tips & Warnings
- Go slowly at first until the technique is mastered.
- When beginning to reverse also make sure there are no cyclists or pedestrians coming from behind or in front.
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