How to Park for a Driving Test

by Matthew Fortuna

The dreaded final step of the driving test, parallel parking, is a nightmare for most inexperienced drivers. Usually completed with cones during the driver's test, parallel parking can easily be practiced with cars on a side street or on a curb in the city. With a few simple steps and turns of the wheel, and enough practice, anyone can master the art in time for the driver's test.

Turn on your turn signal to indicate a right-hand turn.

Pull up 3 or 4 feet away from the front car of the two cars you are trying to park between. The car should be parallel to the car next to you. The rear bumpers of your car, and the car beside yours, should be aligned with each other. If you are parking between cones, your rear bumper should be aligned with the back cone of the front set.

Put your car in reverse and check your rear view mirror. Make sure there are no cars, people or objects behind you, and nothing is in the parking spot you are trying to take.

Spin the wheel sharply to the left and remove your foot from the brake slowly. This will turn the car's wheels and allow you to slowly back into your parking spot. Your rear wheels will head toward the back car and the curb at an angle.

Spin the wheel to the right to straighten the car out, once your right rear wheels are near the curb. With your wheel in its straight position, continue in reverse until you nearly reach the car (or cones) behind you.

Shift the car into drive and reposition yourself as close to the curb as possible, giving both the car in front of you and the car behind enough room to leave their parking spaces.

Reverse again and re-straighten your car in drive if one time was not enough, or if you were too far from the curb.

Tip

  • check If you do not have the right angle on the first back-in, shift the car into drive and pull back to the starting position to try again.

About the Author

Matthew Fortuna is a full-time freelance writer with a journalism degree from Wayne State University, living in the Detroit metropolitan area. He has written about a wide range of topics across varying publications, including Demand Studios, wiseGEEK.com and Suite101.com, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University.

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