How To Get Out Of A Tight Parallel Parking Spot


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Parallel parking is daunting for most people, to the point that for some, once they have passed their test they do everything manoeuvre possible to avoid ever having to parallel park. Don't worry if you feel the same, it isn't an easy thing to do, and likewise, it can be just as difficult to get out of a tight parallel parking spot. However, there are a few steps you can take in order to make the process as easy as it can be.

1) Reverse towards the car behind you, and keep going as far as you can go without actually hitting said car.

2) Turn your steering wheel towards the road, you want to turn the wheel in this direction as far as it will go.

3) Edge forward into the road when it is safe to do so.

4) Once you are out of the space and clear of the car that is parked in front of you, then straighten the wheel and off you go.

Sometimes the spot can be extremely tight and you will need to do this process by repeating steps 1-3, in that order, until you are clear and can pull away.

We have actually written a full parallel parking guide.


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