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Reverse Parallel Parking in Colchester & Clacton.

Updated: Oct 28, 2023

Hey, aspiring drivers of Colchester, Clacton, and Tendring! Are you puzzled by parallel parking? Do you find yourself circling the block to avoid it? Worry no more! At 4 Driving Lessons, we've got the ultimate guide to help you master this essential skill.

Why Do I Need to Learn Reverse Parallel Parking? ๐Ÿค”

Great question! Reverse parallel parking is not just a flashy skill to impress your friends. It's a practical necessity, especially in urban areas where parking spaces are at a premium. Plus, it's part of the UK Driving Test, so you'll want to get it down pat.

๐Ÿค” How Do I Do It?

๐Ÿ‘€Using FULL observations at all points if something comes near stop and wait.๐Ÿ‘€

๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ Step 1: Find Your Parking Space (possibly the most difficult part of the manoeuvre) Look for a space that's at least 1.5 times the length of your car. ๐Ÿš—

๐Ÿšจ Step 2: Signal Your Intentions Turn on your left indicator to let other drivers know you're about to park. Check your mirrors and blind spots to make sure it's safe to proceed. ๐Ÿ‘€

๐Ÿ“ Step 3: Position Your Car Pull up alongside the car you want to park behind, leaving about a 1-metre gap. ๐Ÿ“


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โš ๏ธ Step ALL: Safety First! Check your mirrors and blind spots to make sure it's safe to proceed. ๐Ÿ›‘

โช Step 5: Engage Reverse Gear Shift into reverse. ๐Ÿ”„

๐ŸŒŸ Step 6: The Magical Alignment Start reversing slowly. When the rear of your car aligns with the rear of the parked car, turn your steering wheel one full turn to the left. ๐ŸŽก

๐Ÿ“ Step 7: The 45-Degree Turn When your car is about 45 degrees to the curb, straighten your steering wheel. Safety First! Check your mirrors and blind spots to make sure it's safe to proceed. ๐Ÿ”„๐Ÿ‘€

โฎ๏ธ Step 8: Reverse Back Slowly Looking in your near side mirror and when you see the curb disappear TURN your steering two full turns right. Use your left door mirror to check your position. Once you're parallel to the curb, turn your steering wheel one full turn left to straighten the car. ๐Ÿš—


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๐Ÿ”’ Step 9: Secure Your Car Put the car in first gear, pull up the handbrake, and give yourself a pat on the back. You did it! ๐ŸŽ‰

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ How Do I Know When to Turn the Wheel? Timing is crucial. A good tip is to look in the left door mirror for when the curb disappears, then quickly steer to the right. โฐ Remember everyone and each car is different, reference points are personal to you. Practice and find yours.

๐Ÿ˜… What If I Don't Get It Right the First Time? Don't worry! Practice makes perfect. The more you practice, the more confident you'll become. ๐Ÿ’ช

๐Ÿ Conclusion Reverse parallel parking may seem like a daunting task, but with this guide and some practice, you'll be a pro in no time. Ready to take your driving skills to the next level? Book a lesson with 4 Driving Lessons today! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ


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