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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Safely Parallel Park Your Car
The first step to parallel parking and to avoid a collision is to let other drivers know your intentions. When approaching a parking spot, check your rear view mirrors for traffic behind you. Keep in mind the drivers behind you are probably not expecting you to slow and stop. As a safety measure, if a car behind is following too closely, look for another parking spot. Warn drivers behind you by lightly tapping your brakes two or three times and turn on your right turn signal as you slow down gently.
Once you have warned other drivers, slowed to a stop, and determined that the parking space is large enough for your car, follow these steps to park:
View a Video Demonstration of Parallel Parking
If you live in a location where you have to parallel park regularly, you may consider getting a backup warning sensor as an option on your next car purchase.