Drive: How to reverse parallel park


(Music) In this video we’re going to show you the
secrets of doing something many drivers find difficult to do well: reverse parallel parking. (Ready Abby?) Yeah. So, we’re going to try Reverse Parallel Parking. A lot of people have trouble with it but we’ll take it nice and slowly and you’re going to be fine. So we’ll go through it step by step first, and then we’ll give it a go. The first thing to do, when you’re coming into after you’ve chosen your space, for example we’ll be parking here, so you’ll be backing into where we currently
are, so you pull up alongside the red car, so you want to be about half a metre away
from it, no more than a metre. So, right next to it? Yep, right next to it. You’ll have to have been indicating to the
left, and you’ll keep your indicator on the whole
time through this manoeuvre. Then you check for hazards, so you need to check both your blind spots, and check in your mirror, then you slowly reverse in a straight line, until your rear wheel is in line with their
back bumper. Now your rear wheel, is below the corner of this side back window, so that’s a good reference point to use. And their bumper, you get an idea of where
that is by looking at the car as well. So, you’ve come straight back until your rear wheel is in line with their
rear bumper, then you’re going to turn the steering wheel
to the left. You keep moving slowly, you don’t stop. You come into the park, and once the front of our car is clear of
their car, then you start to turn the steering wheel
to the right, and that’s going to make us become parallel
with the kerb. So we’re aiming to be about 30 centimetres away from the kerb, and parallel, and you want to be about 1-2 metres behind the car in front when you’re in your
final position. Shall we give it a go? And I’ll talk you through it as we do it as
well. Yep, that would be helpful… As you come up to the parking space you’ve
chosen, remember to: Check your mirrors Signal for at least three seconds before you
pull over; and make sure it’s safe to pull over in front of the parking space. Position your car a little ahead of the vehicle in front of the park. Stop when the front door of your car is next to the front wheel of the other vehicle. You should be parallel to it and about half a metre away, but no more than a metre. Check for hazards before you start backing. Do a shoulder check on both sides to cover
both blind spots. Check your rearview mirror for traffic behind
you. When it’s safe to start backing into the park, select reverse gear and look to the rear. You’ll probably need to use a combination of looking out the rear window, rear side window, and mirrors as you back into the park Back slowly into the park. Remember to keep signalling left as you back
in. When your rear wheel is opposite the parked vehicle’s rear bumper, turn the steering wheel to the left. Keep backing slowly and steadily. Keep an eye on where you are in relation to the vehicle parked in front to make sure you don’t hit it. Once the front of your car is clear of the rear of the parked vehicle, turn the steering wheel to the right to bring the front of your car in towards
the kerb. Continue backing slowly until your vehicle is parallel to the kerb and within 30cm of it. Change into first gear or Drive and move forward. You may need to steer a bit to the left and then straighten up the steering wheel to keep the car parallel to the kerb to complete the park. You should stop 1-2 metres behind the vehicle
in front. To finish the park, apply the handbrake and select neutral/park. Don’t worry – it takes a bit of practice! It’s a good idea to start practising with no car parked behind you, before moving onto smaller parking spaces. We’ve shown you the parking technique that will work most of the time, but you may have to adapt this depending on the size of your vehicle, the size of the park, and how much the road slopes towards the kerb. For a smaller park, or longer vehicle, you may need a sharper angle. When you’re first learning, practice with no cars behind you. Look at that! That’s a great one! Practice makes perfect huh? Yeah, it does. So, again? Yeah! When you go to pull out of the park, remember to check your mirrors, signal and look over your shoulder just as you would whenever you pull out from
the kerb. In your restricted licence test, the testing officer will be checking to make sure you do this correctly. If you need to, it’s okay to reverse a bit
first to make it easier to pull out. (Music)


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