Parallel Parking: The “S” Method And Exiting A Parallel Park

If you need some help with one of the most difficult types of parking, then we’re here for you. Parallel parking can be tough, especially if you’re not exactly the most experienced driver. A great way to get through this is to make use of the “S” method. We’ll show you the important tips you need to use this method…

  • First, you need to turn your signal on and pull up at least 3 ft. away from the vehicle you wish to park behind. Ensure that you align your back tires with the tires of the bumper of the other vehicle.
  • Go into reverse gear and turn your wheels all the way to the right.
  • Now, slowly reverse until you are at a 45-degree angle, then stop.
  • After that, you can turn back your wheels, all the way to the left and slowly reverse until you are parallel with the curb.
  • You should be under twelve inches away from the curb.


Now, here are some instructions you can use to help you to exit a parallel parking spot when you’re ready to go…

  • Reverse straight, as far as possible, without touching the car behind you.
  • Then turn your wheels all the way to the left and put your car into drive.
  • Put on your signal and take a look at the traffic and look at the blind spot as well.
  • Ensure that your right fender has enough room to clear the car in the front of you.
  • Slowly turn your wheels to the right, when you’re just about halfway out of the parking spot.


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