- 20 July 2017
Are you midway through your driving course and still uncomfortable with parking? Let’s take a look at a few techniques that could help you improve.
Find the perfect placeLet’s face it, we know that we don’t always have a choice when it comes to parking spaces. But, you must always keep in mind that the size of the parking spot can help us a lot. As an example, imagine a nearly empty movie theatre. Would you sit by the only two other spectators present? Probably not! It’s kind of the same thing here.
Many drivers overestimate the size of parking spaces. It’s better to park further away and have adequate space. Besides taking a bit more time and getting some fresh air, you reduce the risk of hitting another vehicle!
Anticipate your departureYou might have already noticed that older people (your parents, among others) have a tendency to back into a parking space. Are they complicating their lives? On the contrary! We should follow their example and visualize how it will be easier to leave the parking space in question. We never know in what circumstance we will need to leave. Psst: This trick applies even more if you have a tendency to be in a hurry!
The infamous parallel parkingThe only real secret for parallel parking is taking your time. As for distances, it is recommended to place your car at the same level as the vehicle parked in front of the space you have chosen. Then you must turn your wheels towards the sidewalk or curb and initiate vehicle motion. When the back wheels are near the sidewalk, you can start turning the wheels towards the other side.
Basically, it’s like going on a first date. Take your time and distances, and especially, don’t put too much pressure on yourself! Ah yes, and you have the right to start looking again if in the end it doesn’t work out.
Practicing wiselyIt’s no secret that practice makes perfect. But to be successful, you have to practice the right way. By doing so, this gives you a big advantage!
Avoid any stressful situations and try to practice maneuvers seen in your driving course as often as possible. Take the pressure off your shoulders by practicing backing into a parking space when the parking lot is not busy or try parallel parking on a quiet street until it becomes second nature. Before you know it, you'll almost be able to do it with your eyes closed... ... well, you could if you didn’t have to see to park your car!
Once you become a parking expert, it will be time to take the next step of your driving course: passing your SAAQ driving test and getting your probationary licence.
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