Top Tips for Making Parking Easy
Whether you enjoy driving or whether itís just another aspect of being behind the wheel that you dislike, most people are in agreement that parking a car is not fun. Whatís more, itís not always easy Ė weíve all been in the situation where parking a car is a bit of a nightmare, often because youíve struggled to find a parking space in the first place.
While we canít make parking a car fun, we can help make it easier and less stressful. Just follow these simple tips and youíll be out of your car, and getting on with your day in no time.
Take your time
Not taking your time is one of the most common errors by drivers when parking. Far too often, people panic under the pressure of a car waiting behind them in the road, and rush their manoeuvre, resulting in a badly parked vehicle Ė which often makes getting out of the space even harder than getting in. Take your time, take things slow and youíll be in your space nice and neat in no time.
Have a look
Itís a simple tip, but itís also one that many people ignore. Youíve got three mirrors and a neck. Use them all! Ensuring you have your wing mirrors and rear view mirror properly adjusted will help you see all of the space around you as best as possible. If youíre not sure whether youíre close enough to the curb, feel free to open the door and look, before adjusting your car as necessary.
One step back, two steps forward
Nobody wants to be the owner of a car parked so badly that passers by laugh and sneer, but thatís what can happen if you rush your parking job. This tip is particularly helpful when parallel parking, and could save you from the expense of repairing chips and scratches. If you think youíve gone wrong, pull out and start again. Think about the rules you learnt for parallel parking and ensure you start from the right position. If you pull in at the wrong angle, move out and start again. Youíll find yourself gradually becoming a better parker, which means a quicker parker, too.
Weíve all spent time trying to park in a space that is very small and very tight, and most probably too small for any car. Ask yourself one simple question Ė would you rather have to put in an insurance claim or take your car to the garage, or spend a few extra minutes finding a space that your car will comfortably fit in? Thereís no shame in admitting defeat every now and then!
So there we have it Ė four simple tips that will make parking easier. Remember them and use them and youíll soon become a better parker, taking some of the stress away from driving. If you can think of any other useful tips, be sure to let us know in the comments.
published: 11/02/2014 09:12:27