How to parallel park

Parallel parking can be very very tricky even for an experienced driver. Often the most practiced manoeuvre of your driving lessons and yet also the cause of many failures. This is why of all the various procedures and manoeuvres you have to perform on your driving test, parallel parking is the part that makes people the most nervous. Here’s a step by step guide to help you through.

Find a parking space

Parallel parking is when you park your car in the space in between two other parked vehicles. To practice parallel parking, firstly you need to find a suitable space that you feel you can safely get your car into without touching any of the other vehicles. Ask yourself, is the space big enough? If there is any doubt at all go and find another place to park. It’s not worth risking damaging any one else’s vehicle as well as your own.

Is it a safe place to park?

Access the parking space, is it okay for you to park there? Are there any double yellow lines? restrictions on which hours you are allowed to park? Parking meters? Will you be blocking a drive way or blocking in one of the other vehicles?

Time to parallel park

Once you have found a space to park, slow down, check your mirrors and pull up next to the car in front of the space, correctly positioned to reverse in. Change into reverse gear and signal using the indicators so that other road users and pedestrians are aware that you have claimed the space and are ready to perform a reverse parallel park.

Checking your mirrors for pedestrians and other road users, slowly and accurately begin to back into the space. Keep checking your mirrors and the road ahead, if you see another vehicle approaching from behind and front stop and wait for them to pass before you continue. When you backing up and aligned with the vehicle slowly turn your steering wheel in order to position your car at a 45 angle. If at any point you feel you are not in the correct position, carefully pull back out and start again.

Back most of the way in and start to turn your steering wheel in order to straighten out and take care not to touch the curb, if you touch the curb during your driving test it is a fail. The final part of the manoeuvre is to tuck the front end of your car in by turning the steering wheel towards the direction of the curb and slowly edging forwards until you arrive in the correct position parallel to the curb.

Covid -19 update
Driving lessons will resume from 4th July for all pupil following the government guideline. The following Covid 19 measures are in place for the safety of the pupil and the driving instructors, these includes:
Driving instructors:
All instructors will declare whether they are Covid 19 symptoms free at the beginning of each lesson. We will ensure all instructors have face masks available during the day should they need to wear one. But it is up to the individual instructors and the pupil to decide what they would prefer during the lesson. Our instructors will be using the hand sanitiser every 20 mins during the lesson period. We will have the car windows half way down during lesson to keep it ventilated.

Covid 19 declaration for all pupil:
It is vital that you only book lessons if you are Covid 19 symptoms free. For more information on symptoms visit the NHS website for more details and guidance. Be aware we will ask you at the beginning of the lesson if you are symptom free. The driving instructor can refuse to give you a lesson if you are unwell and will be explained to you why on the day.

The driving school recommends face mask but it is not essential. Please bare in mind face mask do not protect you from Covid 19.
It is essential that all pupil sanitise or wash their hands before every lesson and after. Please avoid touching your face and eyes during the lesson period. During the lessons hand sanitiser will be available to use. Please ask the instructor when you would like to use it.
We advice all pupil to wear a suitable clothing which covers their arms and legs due to Covid 19.

Preparation of car:
We will do everything possible to keep the pupil and ourselves safe whilst on lesson. We will ensure the car surfaces are disinfected such as door handle, seat, seat belt, hand brake, gears, arm rest etc and any other surfaces. To confirm that is it safe for you next for your lesson. Your safety is our priority!
The used wipes, gloves or masks will be recycled after each lesson to avoid Covid 19 transmission.

Communication during lesson:
At the beginning of the lesson you will be greeted by the instructor outside the car. They’ll be at 2m distance and will explain to you what will happen during the lesson. Any queries you have please discuss with the instructor. Whilst in the car the driving instructor will avoid facing you due to Covid 19 but instead will look forward to communicate with you. If it becomes necessary to give you any detailed explanation during the lesson Instructor may ask you to step out of the car once parked at a safe place to explain the faults or to communicate something vital with you about your driving keeping the social distancing measure in place.

We thank all the pupil and the instructors for their support and understanding and we wish all the pupil and instructors best of luck with lessons.
For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe!

RSM Driving School