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Learning to park properly – do I really need to?

Ever come across someone who has parked in a way that obstructs your exit, or that stops your vehicle from even getting out of its space at all? Sometimes a car can be parked so badly that it stops you even getting in the door of your vehicle, or out of your own drive!

Every motorist has learned how to drive, but how many of us have taken the time to learn to park properly? Yet parking well is a crucial part of driving every day, and parking badly can inconvenience so many other people and vehicles. If you don’t know how to back into a space in the supermarket car park, or how to park neatly in a multi-storey car park, or parallel park outside the dentist, you can also set yourself up for some very stressful situations.

Learn how to park properly and you will not only be able to park in a way that is considerate of others and does not cause interference, but you will also open up a wide variety of car parking spaces that you would previously not have attempted. Many spaces go begging on the street because people are too nervous and cannot maneuver their car into them.

Why not learn to park properly and get your car into a space in the car park accurately? You are unlikely to cause anyone else any problems, you will increase your parking confidence, and you might even inspire others to polish up their parking skills.

How to improve your car parking skills

  • Practice – nothing beats practicing. The more times you repeat the maneuvers the more comfortable and confident you’ll become.
  • Find a large empty car park where you can practice without bumping into other cars, pedestrians or stationary objects.
  • Have a lesson – there is no harm in booking a single driving lesson to show you where you may be going wrong.

These days, most people learn to park properly as part of their driving tuition and subsequent test. You should learn to park properly, by reversing into a space between two vehicles. Accurate reverse parking is not an easy skill to learn to in these circumstances, and you will need plenty of practice.

It would also be advisable to brush up your knowledge of where and when to park.

For example did you know:

That if you park on a hill you should

  • Select a forward gear and turn your wheels away from the kerb when facing uphill
  • select reverse gear and turn your wheels towards the kerb when facing downhill

By doing the above this will help prevent your car from rolling downhill as the kerb should stop the wheel moving anywhere.

Revisit the Highway code and read more about parking your car.
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069860

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