Parking between two cars - clariman
I really struggle with this. Parking was not part of the trest curriculum when I passed my test many moons ago.

I can line up with the car in front, and then start to turn the wheel anti-clockwise full lock.

I chicken out as ut looks like my bonnet may clip the rear of the front car.

So I move on to somewhere where there is a BIG gap between two cars and drive into the space FORWARDS.

Now parallel parking is supposed to be easy. Any ideas to enable me so to do?

Parking between two cars - slefLX
Why don't you ring a driving school / instructor, explain your predicament and ask them if there is any chance you could have a lesson on this, your specific bugbear. I think everyone develops their own sure-fire way of getting it right (in theory, I have trouble and WAS taught!) and it might be difficult to explain without being able to demonstrate, especually if you've never really done it before. I'm sure driving schools will have come across this before and you will probably be thought more highly of by recognising your weakness and actually doing something ositive and constructive to try and fix it rather than just ignoring the problem and hope it will go away on it's own.
Parking between two cars - Tom Shaw
Only way to do this is to practise. If you can get a couple of traffic cones and find an empty car park just keep doing it until you can work out a technique that suits you and your car. Otherwise swallow your pride and find a local instructor who will give you an hours tuition on the subject. You'll be surprised at your progress at the end of it.

Don't feel you are alone in this. Probably the majority of those who passed their tests before this excercise came in (and many who passed afterwards and fluked it)have the same problem as you and won't admit to it. They just disguise it by your method of finding a drive in space.

Parking between two cars - Morris Ox
Sell the car and buy a Transit. Then you just park alongside the parked cars and leave your hazards on.
Parking between two cars - volvoman
Clariman - There aren't too many people who'd admit to having this problem so good for you! Our local authority provide regular driver training 'workshops' and I think thy're very good. My late wife did one to help develop her confidence in just such sitiations and it worked. She drove our own car and the location was a large school playground which had coned off sections for the various manoeuvres. I can't remember whether it was free or not but if there was a charge it was minimal. Why not contact your local authority and ask if they run any such schemes. Good luck !
Parking between two cars - Rob the Bus
Clariman - I hope that you will accept some advice from a mere whippersnapper ;-)

I was learning to drive when the parallel park had just become part of the test. I was always taught to position my car so that I was level with front of the car I was to reverse behind. Then, reverse slowly until your nearside mirror is level with the offside rear of the same car. At that point, you should put full lock on to guide you into the space. In theory, this should mean that you end up with your nearside wheels close to the kerb.

I have to admit that it works for me most of the time. Still make an almighty flamingo-up every now and then...!

Parallel parking a bus (which I occasionally have to do) - now that's an entirely different water boiling device of piscines!!
Parking between two cars - teabelly
Sounds like you could be pulling up too close to the car at the top of the space. Try to pull up parallel but around 18 inches to two feet away. If you reverse back until the rear of your car is behind theirs by a foot or two it may give you a bit more room around your bonnet. I would also try putting on less lock as they way I learned meant that I would only put on one turn each way (power steered car). If I put on more I found that the angle was too steep so there wouldn't be enough space to reverse back into before hitting the kerb so I would be too close to the car in front to swing the nose round when taking off the lock. Ideally you want to have an angle which when you reverse your back wheel should be about 8 inches from the kerb at the point where your kerbside mirror is lined up with the car in front's roadside mirror. If you have someone with you then at the point of thinking you could clip the other car then get out of the car and have a look at the amount of space that you actually have. It would give you a better idea of what is close and what isn't. You might find that you have a lot more room. Something to practice in a quiet residential area perhaps!

Parking between two cars - HF
I am typically awful at reverse parking. Given the length of maybe 3 buses, I can just about manage it without constant forwarding and reversing to get in close enough to the kerb. I only feel comfortable even trying this, however, on a quiet deserted road where there is no chance of me holding up any other vehicles.

I therefore have immense admiration for those who can, with confidence and with traffic behind, suddenly signal left and perform a deft one-move parking manoevre that leaves them perfectly parked between the 2 cars.

On the other hand, I really don't understand those who will also start the above manoevre with confidence, but then hold up all the traffic behind them for a considerable time, whilst they (like I would if I had the confidence) move forward and backwards, in and out, for an age, seemingly oblivious to the growing queue behind them.

Parking between two cars - Mark (RLBS)
Line up as teabelly says. Then turn as you reverse so that your rear wing is aiming about 2 foot along the kerb towards you from the car behind.

When that tyre is about a foot or so from the kerb put full opposite lock on and the front should slot in lining the car up parallel with the kerb, about 9 inches away. (mind your front wing on the car in front.

If it goes wrong don\'t try and edge your way in, it doesn\'t work and it\'ll take forever; simply pull back out of the space, line up and repeat. Taking Tom\'s advice with the cones is good, but use more than two cones so that you can represent the width of the already parked \"vehicles\" as well, since that is the issue really, not the small gap.

If you\'re still struggling, then start with the car parked in the space and come out of the space to end double parked with the \"vehicle\" in front. That should give you a reasonable (but not completely accurate) idea of the path you need to follow to reverse in to the same space.
Parking between two cars - Amin_{p}
You might also want to try following these steps. (steps are for parking on the right. For parking on the left modify accordingly)

1) Pull up to the car in front so there is half a meter distance between you and the car on your right hand side. You must be PARALLEL with the car on your side.

2) Reverse STRAIGHT until from your point of view, it looks like that the back seats of your car are aligned with the rear bumper of the car on your right

3) Carry on reversing but now on FULL lock, until the drivers side mirror is aligned with the rear bumper of the car in front

4) Once the mirror is aligned, FULL lock to the other direction, and continue to reverse until the right hand side of your front bumper is aligned with the centre of the rear bomber of the car in front. Then start to ease back the steering to the centre and just play with it to get the car straight. Bingo, you are home and dry

by the way don?t expect to be able to reverse park in a single go. Many people, irrespective of their experience will rarely be able to get a perfect parallel park in a single reverse action, and may need to `adjust? the car once its in. Hope this helps, but if this doesn?t I suggest nonetheless you use the main idea of this which is to set yourself ?pointers? in your car so that based on where they are relative to the other cars, you know what do to. This way it becomes much easier.

Parking between two cars - Rob the Bus
Clariman, may I apologise for the utter drivel that I was waffling on about before? What I meant to say was on the lines of Amin's excellent post.

Must have been sniffing too many petrol fumes today...;-)
Parking between two cars - smokie
I read an article on this very subject at the weekend. It was in Saturday Times (wash my mouth out...!!!) and went like this...

"ONE of the oldest axioms of male driving folklore, that women do not know how to park properly, has been exposed at last as a myth: the formula for the perfect parallel-parking manoeuvre has been calculated by a female mathematician.
The scientific secret of manoeuvring your car into a tight space has been revealed by Rebecca Hoyle, of Surrey University, who has worked out a series of equations that will, apparently, get a Volvo estate into a Mini-sized gap.

The formula, which Dr Hoyle calculated after performing a mathematical analysis known as a shape in motion study, helps a driver to perform the consummate S-shaped manoeuvre, leaving the wheels flush with the kerb, but not so close that it is impossible to get out. It will work for any vehicle and any roadside gap, telling the driver whether or not it is worth even trying to fit into a particularly tight space.

Written out in full, the formula reads: p=r-w/2,g)-w+2r+b,f )-w+2r-fg max((r+w/2)²+f²,(r+w/2)²+b²)£min((2r)²,(r+w/2+k)²).

It takes into account the width of the car at the widest point (w), the midpoint between the axles (c), the distance from c to the front (f) and back (b) of the car, the minimum radius of the turning circle (r), the distance from the parallel car at the outset (p), the optimal distance from the kerb at the finish (k) and the distance from the car front at the finish (fg).

Though the sums look fiendishly complex, and you may think you need a maths A level to understand them, their message can be boiled down into a few simple tips that could save scores of bumps and scratches.

?First, you want to find a space that?s at least one and a half times as long as your car,? said Adrian Webb of esure, the car insurance company that sponsored the research.

?You want to start turning as soon as your back bumper is adjacent to the parking space. Then you lock the steering wheel towards the kerb, and go back until you get to an angle of exactly 45 degrees with the kerb.

?Then you turn the wheel to a full lock the other way. As the front of your vehicle approaches the kerb, straighten the wheel. If you turn too late, you will hit the kerb. If you turn too early, you will park too far away from the kerb.?

Thanks to the Times...
Parking between two cars - Flat in Fifth
Its worth mentioning the experimental system developed by BMW (I think) that uses sensors looking forwards and sideways measuring gaps in parked vehicles to determine if the space is big enough, if so you plonk your vehicle alongside, press a button and the car does the rest on auto, don't even have to turn the wheel.

Parking between two cars - Andrew-T
clariman - may I refer you to an article in Saturday's Independent (p.7) which claims that poor reversing causes an estimated £150 million damage a year. A lady mathematician has developed a formula for perfect parking which means
1 - choose a space 50% longer than your car
2 - start parallel to the car ahead
3 - turn wheel to left lock while reversing
4 - when car reaches 45° to the space turn to right lock
5 - as car approaches the kerb straighten up

All seems pretty obvious to me.
Parking between two cars - Dynamic Dave
Nothing really to add to the suggestions already mentioned. However the lady in this video clip seems to have mastered the art of parallel parking.

(Note: its a 1MB file. To download to your hardrive, right click on the link and select \"Save Target As\" )
Parking between two cars - Cliff Pope
I think a good tip for carrying out any manoeuvre is to imagine doing it forwards first. Anything a car will do forwards, it will do backwards too, like running the film back.

Try driving forwards out of a tight gap between cars, and watch very carefully where you instinctively position the car at each stage.
At the point you find difficult in reverse, stop and take a careful look and imagine that you were now going to reverse in again along the exact line you have just taken.

I hope this tip might be useful. Often at work I have to reverse along a kind of slalem between cars, and I often find it helps to walk the course first. If I think I could have driven forwards into the space, then it must be possible to get out.
Parking between two cars - Andrew-T
Cliff - good suggestion, with the proviso that you remember that in really tight situations, the scrubbing on hard lock means that you can't necessarily get out the way you got in! :o)
Parking between two cars - L'escargot
It's a pity that car manufacturers do not consider this problem before they let their stylists loose on designing a new model. In the middle sixties I had a Hillman Hunter which was a doddle to park, regardless of the situation. Visibility was so good that I could gauge within an inch or so exactly where any point on the perimeter of the car was. I could even park in reverse alongside a (concave) curved wall, and consistently end up with the ends of both the front and rear bumpers about an inch from the wall. And this was without the luxury of exterior mirrors. Now, after nearly 40 years more experience, I have as much trouble parking a modern car as anyone else.

L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Parking sensor - Baskerville
Friend of mine in the late 1980s had a Hillman Hunter estate from about 1973. Don't ask me how it survived but it was a complete shed by then--windows didn't wind down, dashboard lights, and in fact most other things, didn't work, at least one door didn't open, gearstick was a big screwdriver clamped to the broken original stick. But he found it very easy to park. He would pull in forwards to his regular spot, but with cars parked on both sides it was often quite tight reversing out later. His method was to reverse back until he hit a conveniently placed iron bollard, then he knew he had enough room to turn in one go. This method became easier as the back end collapsed and gave him more turning space.
Parking sensor - Robert J.
The only problem I have is indicating my intention to reverse park to other road users. When I find a suitable gap to park in I check mirrors, indicate left and stop parallel to the car in front of the gap. Nine times out of ten the car that was following me then stops a foot behind me and seems oblivious to my intententions. Is it just me this happens to ?
Parking sensor - Rob the Bus
Robert - take a look at
Parking between two cars - Altea Ego
This is all piffle, a bloke on the tele showed how it should be done.

You approach parallel to the target space at no less than 40 MPH
As your front wheel reaches the space you yank hard on the handbrake
At the same time you grab the steering wheel with the other hand and turn hard on it towards the space
The rear of the car slides round and you slip nicely sideways into a gap no longer than the car you are driving.

He could do it every time, must be easy.
Parking between two cars - Dynamic Dave
This is all piffle, a bloke on the tele showed how
it should be done.

Ah, you must be refering to Russ Swift.
Parking between two cars - Altea Ego
>> This is all piffle, a bloke on the tele showed
>> it should be done.
Ah, you must be refering to Russ Swift.

Thats the fella, If i remember he taught a granny how to do it, so come on........
Parking between two cars - Stargazer {P}
I passed my driving test long before the parallel park came into the test, so imagine my horror when faced with retaking my test in Australia (a UK driving licence is only valid for temporary residents for a year) where a parallel park was required.

I need not have worried. I took a single driving lesson with the local instructor to learn the local favourite 'traps' for new drivers....I should explain that the NSW town where I lived had no traffic lights, no roundabouts and streets as wide as a football pitch with angled parking so parallel parking was a rare opportunity! The instructor explained to me that the opportunities for parallell parking were so rare that it was usually tested by reversing into the space behind a car even if the already parked car was the only one on the roadside! The only requirement was not to reverse more than 6 metres away from the stationary car before pulling forward to finish off. Easy I thought.

On the big day, cruising around with examiner looking for a suitably parked car when the examiner spots one. I indicate and draw alongside and stop ready to change into reverse gear. As I checked over my shoulder the parked car indicated and drove away. The examiner muttered something under her breath and told me to drive back to the test centre...and promptly passed me.


Ian L.

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