Ever seen someone try to parallel park…badly?
It’s a cringeworthy moment and yet I have to watch. I can’t tear my eyes away, hoping that this time she (invariably it is a she) will turn the wheel the correct way so that she is not doing the same manouevre a hundred times and wondering why it still keeps producing the same results!
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein
I will confess that my parallel parking was a bit hit-and-miss until I read a very simple guide. Somewhere. And ever since it has been as easy as pie!
So in the interests of promoting woman drivers and their reputations and giving them the same smug and self-satisfied feeling I get every time I parallel park first time without the in-out-in-out-in-out of some drivers, male and female, I am going to share my knowledge. Share the wealth as it were 🙂
Here we go:
- Drive until you spot a free car parking space. Indicate to turn into the space and come to a stop alongside the car in front of the space. Unless the space is two or more car-lengths long, you cannot drive into it ladies. You must reverse.
That’s you in the yellow car!
- Wait for the a$$hole driver behind you to get out from directly behind your bumper so you can actually park.
- Indicate into your space
- Slowly reverse the car, turning the wheel so that the back of the car is turning into the space
- Keep an eye on the back end of the car you are alongside of (that’s the lovely pink one)
- When the back of that pink car is level with the middle of your (yellow) car (between your door and the rear passenger door) start to straighten up the steering wheel. Yes I know your car is not in the space yet, but trust me here.
- Keep a close eye on the front of your car as well as the back as you reverse in.
- Hey presto! You’ve parallel parked!!
(Diagrams with thanks to Lifehacker.com)
Don’t believe me? Go, try it, do it now!! It is that easy. Gone are the days of driving until you find three spaces together so you can drive into one of them, then giving up when there are none and going to a multistorey miles away from where you need to be, or worse going home after at least half an hour’s frustration. Now you can park in the first space you see!
I challenge all of you who are afraid of parallel parking spaces to go out there and try this two or three times and then come back to me and tell me how wonderful I am 🙂