Driving Test Pro 2019

Parallel Park

Written on 12/31/2018
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Aim: The examiners expect you to end up within two car lengths of the target car (blue car), and within 0.5m of the kerb.

They also expect to see you react accordingly to other road users whilst performing the manoeuvre.

TIPS:

Do not complete this manoeuvre in one smooth attempt. The examiners want to see that you are fully aware of your surroundings. That means, you need to stop at every stage and have a good look around.

 

The Highway Code says that you should be mainly looking in the direction that you are going. So do not start reversing until you are looking in that direction.

Take your time.....the tortoise always wins!

 


Parallel Park - Stage 1



As with all manoeuvres, remember to use POM at every stage:

  • P - Prepare the car

  • O - Observe

  • M - Move

Stage 1: Pull up alongside the blue car (target car) and stop when the front of the blue car is in line with the middle of your front passenger door. Your car should be facing straight up the road ahead and approximately 1m away from the blue car.

P - PREPARE THE CAR

O - observe

M - move

Prepare the car ready to move by selecting reverse gear and finding some bite.

 


Parallel Park - Stage 2



IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU MUST STOP REVERSING IF YOU SEE A CAR APPROACHING FROM EITHER THE FRONT OR BACK & ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT IT IS SAFE TO CONTINUE

P - Prepare the Car

O - OBSERVE

M - Move

Look around from left to right to make sure it is safe to move,

 

P - Prepare the Car

O - Observe

M - MOVE

 

...then looking through the rear window, slowlyreverse until the rear of the blue car is in line with your rear seats.

 

STOP! 

 


Parallel Park - Stage 3



IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU MUST STOP REVERSING IF YOU SEE A CAR APPROACHING FROM EITHER THE FRONT OR BACK & ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT IT IS SAFE TO CONTINUE

P - Prepare the Car

O - OBSERVE

M - Move

Look around from left to right to make sure it is safe to move,

 

P - Prepare the Car

O - Observe

M - MOVE

 

...then whilst looking through the rear nearside (kerbside) window, quickly turn the steering wheel 1 full revolution to the left and slowlyreverse until you can see (via your left door mirror) the kerb line touch the middle of your front left door handle.

 

STOP! 

 


Parallel Park - Stage 4



IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU MUST STOP REVERSING IF YOU SEE A CAR APPROACHING FROM EITHER THE FRONT OR BACK & ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT IT IS SAFE TO CONTINUE

P - Prepare the Car

O - OBSERVE

M - Move

Look around from left to right to make sure it is safe to move,

 

P - Prepare the Car

O - Observe

M - MOVE

 

...now swapping view points so that you are looking through the rear window, gradually turn the steering wheel to the right (enough as is needed - possibly full lock!) and slowly reverse until your car comes in line (parallel) to the kerb.

 

STOP! 

 


Parallel Park - Stage 5



IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU MUST STOP REVERSING IF YOU SEE A CAR APPROACHING FROM EITHER THE FRONT OR BACK & ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT IT IS SAFE TO CONTINUE

P - Prepare the Car

O - OBSERVE

M - Move

Look around from left to right to make sure it is safe to move,

 

P - Prepare the Car

O - Observe

M - MOVE

 

...whilst looking through the rear window, slowly reverse and instantly kill the turn (in other words turn your steering wheel to the left so that your front wheels are straight in line with the car), then STOP!

The goal of this manoeuvre, is that you should end up within 2 car lengths of the blue (target) car and within 0.5m of the kerb.

So remember to stop!