After a two years hiatus, Wafter is back.
While these two years have been eventful both politically and economically for the world, they might have been uneventful for most people who have been trying to maintain status quo by clinging on to their jobs. We were all parallel parked holding on to our spots waiting for the tide to pass.Given the importance of knowing how to Parallel Park or Reverse Park (as the British would say), I present to you a neat trick to parallel parking. Credit goes to Mrs. Wafter for memorizing the trick and to her driving school instructor for teaching her the trick. It should be noted that Mrs. Wafter was against publishing the trick in the interest of maintaining the livelihoods of the driving instructors, however since wafter came into the trick without any non-disclosure clause and being a firm believer in opensource, here it is :
The Lot: 25ft X 6ft space
1,2,3,4 – Represent 4 cones for practice. 2 can be imagined to be the rear bumper of the car parked ahead of yours. 1 can be imagined to be the rear edge of the rear passenger door.
Step 1: Park your car parallel to the parking spot.
Step 2: Align your car such that the front seat is in line with cone 2. Make sure that distance between the cars is approximately a foot, not more.
Step 3: Three R’s :Turn Right indicator on. Turn your steering full Right. Take the full right in Reverse and keep looking in the front mirror.
Step 4: Keep Reversing until cone 3 appears in your mirror. Now Stop. At this point, your car would be at an approximately 45 degree into the spot.
Step 5:Turn steering full Left. Continuing Reversing into the space until you are aligned to the curb. You could adjust your right (passenger) mirror to look a bit downwards before the whole exercise and keep checking your alignment with the curb during this step.
Step 6: Put Car in Drive and take your car slightly forward while turning your steering to straighten your wheels. Park.