Parking Tips (Part 1)

Parking Tips (Part 1)

Stopping the vehicle and leaving it unoccupied is called parking. There are many types of parking. This is the first of a series of Traffic Alerts which will address different types of parking maneuvers along with a few tips you can practice so you can master each them. Good parking practices make us all better drivers.

Angle Parking

There will be many times you will see angled parking spaces in a parking lot. In these types of parking situations, vehicles are designated for traffic to go one way.

Here are some safety tips for angles parking:

  • Stay alert for cars backing out to leave their spaces.
  • Always signal to show that you are going to make a turn.
  • Check your blind spot on the side of the parking space for other vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Begin your turn when you can see the center of the parking space without your line of sight cutting across the parking line.
  • Move very slowly and turn the wheel sharply toward the center of the space.
  • Once you enter the space, straighten the wheel and center the vehicle in the space.
  • Stop even with the curb or parking line.
Perpendicular Parking

Perpendicular parking is similar to angle parking, but requires great care in turning. You will find perpendicular in most parking lots. When parking, always stop with the wheels of your vehicle straight and your car centered in the space.

  • Signal and get 6-8 feet to the left of the parking lane as possible.
  • Check for traffic and pedestrians behind you. Proceed ahead very slowly and turn the wheel sharply to the right.
  • Check your right rear fender for clearance and straighten the wheel when you are centered in the space.
  • If necessary, shift to reverse and move back slightly turning the wheel to the left. Use a forward reference point to avoid hitting a curb.
Think SAFE, be SAFE, drive SAFE………Drive to Stay Alive