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Parallel Parking Tips

For new drivers, parallel parking can be one of the most difficult things to do as a driver. Here are some parallel parking tips for inexperienced drivers or experienced drivers who may be a little rusty:

• Practice with cones or large boxes.

• If you’re uncomfortable with your angle of approach, pull back out and start over.

• When parking, leave the car in front of you enough space to get out.

• If driving with a passenger, let that person direct you into the spot if they can.

• Sometimes it’s easier to look for a spot that is big enough if you are inexperienced or a spot you can pull right into. 

• Always look behind you to check if traffic is coming.

• Your foot should always be near or on the brake pedal.

• Try to find a space that is at least six feet longer than your car.

• Put your turn signal on before parking.

• Take it slow and easy into the spot

The “S” Method:

• Turn on your signal and pull three feet away from the car you want to park behind. Make sure to align your back tires with the other car’s back bumper.

• Put your car into reverse and turn your wheels all the way.

• Very slowly back up until you are at a 45-degree angle, then stop.

• Turn the wheels in the other direction.

• Back up very slowly until you are parallel with the curb.

• If done correctly, you should have less than 12 inches from the curb.


Safety tips provided by


Andrew Finkelstein

Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers and irresponsible parties. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases.