It is well known that many people struggle with parking – well that is unless you are lucky enough to have a self-parking car.
Always try to park your car on the left-hand side of the road, as The Highway Code states ‘do not park facing against the traffic flow’.
When you have found a potential parking space, drive slowly past and size it up to see if the car will fit. Do not slam on the brakes and stop if there is a car close on your tail. In this situation the best option would be just to carry on past the space and turn round, or find another parking space instead.
When in a car park, always try to reverse into the space. The reason for this is you will not have then back out into traffic, which make it much safer. Plus this is more fuel efficient – you’ll do the manoeuvring with a warm engine, and easier, especially when trying to get into a very narrow space.
Although very tempting, it’s best not just to rely on the Cars parking sensors to guide you. Check over your shoulder and use your mirrors which are vital to view what pedestrians or traffic are around you.
Once you have parked the Car, never just swing your door open. Always check first for traffic and cyclists.
Damage mostly happens in car parks, to best avoid this always park in the middle of the gap, fold in the wing mirrors. Give as much space as possible to open your doors, and for the driver next to you to open theirs. If you are parking at a supermarket, try to park away from trolley parks to avoid your car being exposed to damage from trolleys.
When parking on hills, park close to the kerb and make sure the handbrake is firmly applied to prevent the Car from rolling. If you are facing uphill put the Car into a forward gear and turn the steering wheel away from the kerb; when parked facing downhill select reverse gear and turn your steering wheel towards the kerb.
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22 July 2013
Written by Paul