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How-To: Parallel Park in Six Easy Steps

We’ve all been in the situation before where the only parking spot open requires that you parallel park. The catch is that you’re in the middle of downtown, and traffic is relentless. Everyone in the car is cheering you on, but you’ve never been one to parallel park. That’s where we come in. Our team here at Certified Autoplex is going to share six easy steps to master the art of parallel parking.

Whether this is your first or twentieth year out on the road, parallel parking usually isn’t at the top of a driver’s favorite things to do’ list. However, regardless of just how much you despise parallel parking, it is a valuable skill to have. There will come a time in your life where all your friends depend on you to fit your minivan into a tight spot on Main Street, and with these skills in your arsenal, you’ll be prepared to impress them all.
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What’s the easiest way to parallel park?

Even though parallel parking may seem impossible, it can be done in six simple steps. We’re going to give you a step-by-step guide so next time the opportunity arises, you’ll be able to show off your skills.

  1. Pull up next to the vehicle you’re going to park behind so you’re side-by-side.
  2. Put your car in reverse and turn your wheels all the way to the right.
  3. Slowly start to back up until you come to a 45-degree angle.
  4. Stop here and turn so your wheels are all the way to the left.
  5. Now continue to back up slowly so your car is parallel to the curb.
  6. If you do it correctly, you’ll be less than a foot from the curb.

Although it’s easier said than done, we promise these six steps will allow you to master the art of parallel parking once you start to practice. One of the main things to remember is to constantly check your mirrors and your blind spots to be sure you’re not getting too close to the vehicle behind you. It’s always helpful to have someone jump out of the car and guide you as well if it’s an extra-tight space.

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If you’re interested in learning more, our team here at Certified Autoplex would be more than happy to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. If you’re considering trading your current vehicle for a different one, feel free to utilize our financial tools on our website to give you a better idea of your trade value and much more.

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