Due to space constraints in the dense urban areas such as New York, parallel parking is one of the tricks to make good use of limited spaces available. Parallel parking involves a number of vehicles parking parallel to the road in the same direction. It is like stationary traffic.
If you are used to parking in parking lots and driveways, it could be quite challenging doing parallel parking, so you have to practice it severally before you finally get it right.
Some drivers do all they can to avoid parallel parking because they consider it a daunting task. But you may not be able to run away from it during your road test. It is one of the skills that a road test examiner may ask you to demonstrate, to your horror if you are not prepared.
To do a successful parallel parking, you pull up parallel to the car in front of the parking space, then slowly back up into space.
Now that you have parked, how do you pull out from parallel parking when it is time to leave? Pulling out may prove to be even trickier so you should learn as much about pulling out as squeezing in.
You cannot always avoid parallel parking or having to pull out from one. You can park your car in an empty roadside only to find it sandwiched between two vehicles when you return to it. You now have to use parallel parking pull-out skills to come out of the line of vehicles.
So these are the 8 steps on how to pull out from parallel parking.
Let’s start with the video:
1. Straighten the Wheel
The wheel should be straight before you start moving the car out of the parallel parking. Each tire has 1.5 turn to the right and the same to the right. Make sure you turn the wheel straight until the tires are all straight.
2. Reverse/Back Up
This next step depends entirely on the available front-to-back space. The back wheels should be your focus as you maneuver out from parallel parking. As you move, continue to straighten the steering wheel.
You should back up or reverse as far as you can, just make sure you do not hit the car behind you. The best yardstick is reversing until you see the tires of the car in front. That means you have enough maneuvering space in front of you.
If the space available is too small, you may have to move forward again and repeat the process before moving to step 3.
3. One Full Turn of the Steering Wheel Towards the Traffic
You now turn the steering wheel one full turn or as far as it will go towards the traffic, street, or the way you should move.
4. Look Around For Hazards
At this point, take the time to ensure that all potential hazards are out of reach before you hit the road. There should be no pedestrian, bicycle, pets or any obstruction whose hitting will result in an accident.
5. Signal Your Intention
You then signal your intention to move so that other road users may beware that you soon move onto the main traffic. You should especially warn the traffic behind you. Many learners seem to forget to signal their intentions, causing them to lose points.
As a driver, you are both a leader and a follower. You are a leader to the traffic behind you and a follower of the car in front of you. In this case, you need to play your leader role well by letting your followers know of your intentions.
6. 3-Point Verification
It is time to check the mirror to be sure there is no oncoming traffic, pedestrian, bicycle, pet or other obstruction. Watch over your shoulders to check your blind spot.
7. Join the Traffic
If the coast is clear, you should cautiously pull forward and out onto the traffic. As you edge forward, ensure you are clear of the car in front of it.
8. Drive Straight Ahead
You should now drive straight and go your way, observing all the usual traffic rules.
As you can see, there is more to driving than meets the eye. That is why the best way to learn how to drive is to join a driving school.
You will not learn all these tricks from an uncle, father or brother who happens to be a good driver. A qualified instructor knows all the aspects of driving and how to present them step by step to a learner.
Pierre Paul Driving School is the best choice in New York that you can join to learn driving as you prepare for your road test. You may already be a good driver, but then you feel you need more lessons.
We have qualified instructors with adverse experience, not just in driving but also in tutoring. You will get the opportunity to learn about how to pull out from parallel parking so that you can make good use of the small parking spaces in New York.
Do you want to master parallel parking and other solid driving skills that will help you pass a road test in NY? Enroll for our 5 hour class online today by booking here or calling one of our associates at 718-576-6277.