POST-IT LIST (HOW TO PARALLEL PARK A CAR)
I love it when you call me big parker.
- •Post-It Note list!
- •How to parallel park a car.This is a real life geometry problem. And I think it's a lot easier than people fear. Can my crude drawings plus cold mathematics help?
- •You can park any car if you know four things.All these views are from above. And I'm making all cars boxes with embellished tires because all you need to know is where those four things relate to each other.
- •The point where the car ahead (A) of where you will be parked ends.This is the easiest to know.
- •The point where the car behind (B) of where you will be parked starts.This is the least important. All you need to know B for is to know if the space between A & B is longer than the length of your car. If you follow these steps, you never have to with bother with B
- •Where your front wheels (F) are on your car.The most important. These are the tires tied to your steering wheel.
- •Where your rear wheels (R) are on your car.It all starts here.
- •STEP ONE: align your car as close to the ahead car as possible.Cozy up close. Not only to make the angle easier, but it allows other cars to easily pass by on the street.
- •Reverse until R juuust passes A.The first point in this two point maneuver is to pivot the car on the axis of your front wheels (F), but because R is clear of A, you won't hit the other car.
- •STEP TWO: Full steering wheel rotation (your wheels are pointed as far left as possible) and reverse the back of your car into the open space.When the pivot starts (yes, I'm yelling *PIVOT* in a Ross voice) turn the wheel as far as it goes and make it as sharp a turn as possible. The back end of your car won't hit the car because you already know that R & A were aligned.
- •Stop reversing when F is juuust past A.The first point in the maneuver is done. You're halfway home.
- •STEP THREE: Full steering wheel rotation in the opposite direction (your wheels are pointed as far right as possible) and reverse the front of your car until the car is parallel with the curb.The second point will pivot your car back to being parallel with the curb. Because A has cleared F, you won't hit the other car.
- •Return steering wheel to straight-wheel alignment.This should leave you immediately behind the car in front of you. Align your wheels accordingly and marvel at your accomplishment.
- •(Optional) Adjust back and forth as necessary.Did this make any sense? Was anybody able to follow? Did I make this more complicated? Thanks.
- •EDIT: I asked @Clarkisms to proof this and he told me it looks British! Please follow your local traffic laws - I live on a one way street that allows parking on the left side.