Parallel Park

Parallel Park

You may be asked to perform a Parallel park during your driving test as one of your manoeuvres. It enables you to manoeuvre your vehicle easily when in reverse gear and helps you to fit into tighter spaces when parking. At Peak Driving, we only use the simplest and most effective methods to ensure that you get the hang of it as quickly as possible.

The Parallel park enables you to manoeuvre your vehicle easily when in reverse gear and helps you to fir into tighter spaces when parking.

During the Parallel Park, the examiner will be expecting you to :
Have due regard and safety of other road users
Stay within two car lengths of the car in front
Park reasonably close to the kerb, without going up it it
Use efficient observations at all times

If you are a pupil at Peak Driving, your instructor will use your manual to record and monitor the progress of your Parallel Park until it has reached perfection, but here’s a simple method for you to use and become familiar with!

Left, Right, Right, Left (Full turns only)

Start with your POM routine (Preparation, observation, manoeuvre) and drive next to the car in front of you so that there is an open car doors space in between. Put the vehicle into reverse and complete your 360 observations before you prepare to start the manoeuvre.

L – reverse back slowly until the back end of your vehicle is in front or just in line with the parked car. This is your turning point. Completing your observations again for any changes in the road, pull the steering one full turn to the LEFT.

R – Once the back end of your vehicle seems as though it is touching the kerb in your door mirror take one full turn to the RIGHT

R – Keep reversing back slowly until the front part of your front door handle seems to touching the kerb in your door mirror. Then take another full turn to the RIGHT.

L – As you continue to reverse, it should now begin to appear that you are in line with the parked car ahead. Once you seem parallel with the kerb in your door mirror and you are reasonably close, take one full turn to the LEFT so that your wheels are straight. Stop the car, apply the handbrake and put the car in neutral.

Peak Driving Top Test Tips!

You should park no more than a drain width away from the kerb and no more than two car lengths away from the parked vehicle.

If a vehicle is coming towards you then remember to stop, they have priority. If they choose to wait for you, then continue and finish the Parallel Park.

If you are becoming to close or too far away from the kerb, then take a shunt approx 3-4 feet to correct yourself. This means going forwards slightly so that you have more space to start that section of the manoeuvre again.

Most people fail this manoeuvre because of their observations. Always remember to continuously scan around you for other vehicles/pedestrians etc and act accordingly. Don’t spend too much time looking in your door mirror, glance but do not stare!

If you are struggling with other manoeuvres such as your Reverse to the Left, check out our other test tips! TO pass first time at your peak, call Peak driving for all your driving lesson requirements and more top test tips!