How to Parallel Park in 6 Easy Steps

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  2. A Step By Step Guide on How To Parallel Park
  3. Step 1: Pick a Suitable Spot to Park
  4. Step 2: Put Your Car in the Right Position
  5. Step 3: Start Reversing towards the Parking Spot
  6. Step 4: Continue Backing into the Spot
  7. Step 5: Straighten the Vehicle
  8. Step 6: Adjust and Realign the Vehicle
  9. Important Tips to Help You Improve Your Parallel Parking Skills
  10. Conclusion

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A Step By Step Guide on How To Parallel Park

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Step 1: Pick a Suitable Spot to Park

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Step 2: Put Your Car in the Right Position

{"blocks":[{"key":"d97u9","text":"Now that you’re sure about the suitability of the spot, it’s time to start your parking maneuver. Check for any cars behind you in the rear-view mirrors before you start slowing down. Make sure to light your hazard lights (indicators) to let other cars know that you’re parking.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":278,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":278,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":278,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":278,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9pa9o","text":"Start pulling up parallel to the car right in front of the space suitable for parking, leaving anywhere between 2 to 3 feet between the two cars. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":146,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":146,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":146,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":146,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bqo4a","text":"For tight spots, you might want to get closer to the other car, but you shouldn’t try that on your first few times.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Step 3: Start Reversing towards the Parking Spot

{"blocks":[{"key":"dkojb","text":"After making sure that no cars are behind you, put your car in reverse and get ready to start backing up slow and steady.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":121,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":121,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":121,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":121,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"30c7p","text":"Once your backseat is even with the rear spot of the car right next to you, turn your steering wheel evenly but swiftly towards the right (assuming you’re driving on the right side of the road, of course).","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":205,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":205,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":205,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":205,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"606uh","text":"Continue to gradually get the rear of your car into the parking spot until your car is at 45 degrees from the curb.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Step 4: Continue Backing into the Spot

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Step 5: Straighten the Vehicle

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Step 6: Adjust and Realign the Vehicle

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Important Tips to Help You Improve Your Parallel Parking Skills

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Conclusion

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