Driver License Test

Driving Test/ Parallel Parking

Do one full turn to the left, until the kerb is in line with the end of your rear wiper blade , then do two full turns to the right until the kerb is in the middle of the back window , then another turn to the left to straighten up.

Slow car, fast hands.

To elaborate on the previous tip, you want to let the car go as slowly as it possibly can (while still appreciably, visibly moving) while moving your hands as quickly as you possibly can. Moving the wheel while the car is stopped is calling "dry steering" and ruins the tires and power steering pump, in addition to the rack and pinion if your car is so equipped.

Take it slowly and you'll develop the skill and confidence to parallel park.

  1. Use your turn signal to indicate the direction of the parking spot.
  2. If the space is not yet vacant but the car in it is about to leave, wait behind the spot.
  3. When the space is vacant, pull ahead of it until you have pulled up beside the car parked in front of the space. Your rear bumper should be even with that car's rear bumper with about 2 feet of road between you.
  4. Put the car in reverse. Slow car, fast hands. Begin to back up slowly; as soon as the car starts moving, turn the wheel as far as it will go toward the curb. When you're backing in with your steering wheel all the way to the right, only allow your car to reach a 45 degree angle with the curb.
  5. Back slowly into the space.
  6. When the back of your car's front door is even with the rear bumper of the car beside you, begin turning the wheel away from the curb.
  7. Continue turning the wheel away from the curb and backing slowly into the space.
  8. Straighten out the wheel, then pull forward or back in the space as needed to center yourself between the cars in front of and behind you. Your car should be 6 to 8 inches from the curb when you are parked.

Many cities will issue a citation for vehicles parked more than 18 inches from the curb.