Reverse Parallel Parking (pizza slice method) – UK Driving Test Manoeuvres

[Music] Hello I'm Chris. In this video 
I'm going to show you how to reverse park   or parallel park using the one two one 
method. But it also involves seeing an   imaginary pizza slice in the side mirror. 
You'll have to bear with me on this one.   The objective for this on the driving test is 
to safely park within two car lengths behind   the other vehicle, reasonably 
close and parallel to the kerb.   Moving the left hand mirror down slightly before 
you start will help and you're allowed to do   this on the driving test too, just remember to 
put it back up after you finish the manoeuvre.

Make sure it's clear and safe before starting 
as we don't want to get in the way of anyone   if possible. Now drive reasonably close and get 
your car straight alongside the other vehicle.   This will help others get past if they want to. 
Stop once your left hand mirror is roughly lined   up with the front of the other vehicle, making 
sure your front wheels are pointing straight.   Select reverse so that the white reverse lights 
are on behind. This shows others what you're going   to be doing.

Now it's essential that you observe 
all around to make sure it's safe to reverse.   Starting with the blind spot over your right 
shoulder, check all around and finish by   looking over your left shoulder through the 
rear window. If no one's nearby, then slowly   start reversing in a straight line until the 
back of the other vehicle is roughly lined up   with the left hand door pillar and then stop. The 
other vehicle might be facing the other way, in   which case you'd get the very front of the other 
vehicle roughly lined up with the door pillar.   It's really important at this point to have 
another proper all-round check.

Starting over   your right shoulder at the blind spot, all round 
and finishing by looking over your left shoulder   through the rear window. This check is important 
because we're about to turn into the space and the   front of the car is going to swing out. As long 
as you're sure there's no other road users nearby   slowly reverse and steer a whole one turn to 
the left. Not maximum full lock, just one turn.   Keep observing all around for others, over 
your right shoulder, ahead, left shoulder,   through the rear window and stop if anyone gets 
near you.

But if they stop, observe all around   and continue if it's safe. Eventually you will 
see this in the left-hand door mirror, of course   an imaginary slice of pizza. You can stop here 
for a moment if you want to make it easier.   It's basically where the kerb disappears 
into the car forming this triangle shape.   Now there are different methods around to do this 
manoeuvre but using your own judgment is the best,   but that can take time and experience to 
build up. If for now imagining a slice   of pizza at this crucial point helps, then 
that's great. With the car hardly moving,   steer two whole quick turns to the right. 
The car might speed up as you go downhill   into the gutter so use clutch control and brake 
to keep it slow. The side mirror is so useful   but you've got to be careful not to stare at it. 
You need to constantly observe around for others.   Stop if anyone gets near you, but if they stop 
and it's safe, check all around and continue.

Now   I can see in the mirror that it's getting really 
close to the kerb but I can still see a little bit   of road so it should be okay. Once the car's in 
and it feels straight with the vehicle in front,   steer one whole quick turn to the left to 
straighten the wheels while hardly moving the car.   Now I'll stop parking brake on and select neutral. And that's the one two one 
method. One to the left, two to the right and one to the left. But there 
really isn't a get it perfect the same every time,   golden method of reverse parking.

You will need 
to use your judgment too in case it's going wrong.   That's the good thing about having the left 
hand mirror down slightly is that you can see   if you need to steer more or less. For example 
if you're going to hit the kerb. Let's try it   again but this time I'll show you what to 
do if it's going wrong. Make sure it's safe drive alongside the other vehicle, 
reasonably close and parallel with it. The left hand mirror is roughly lined 
up with the front of the other vehicle.   Straight into reverse, check all around to make 
sure it's safe.

Starting with the blind spot,   over my right shoulder, all around and 
finishing with looking over my left shoulder   through the rear window. No one approaching, so 
reverse until the very back of the other vehicle   is roughly lined up with the passenger door 
pillar. Stop. Must check all around again.   Still safe. As soon as I move I'll turn the 
steering wheel one whole turn to the left,   quick turn, slow driving. Observing all 
around for others, including the rear window.   Stop if anyone gets near you, but continue if it's 
safe, as long as you've checked all around again.   Well it looks similar in the mirror to what I had 
earlier, but it's hard to get it exactly the same.   Now with the car hardly moving, 
two quick turns to the right.

I can see too much road between the car and the 
kerb. Rather than waiting for the car to get   straight, I should start to steer towards 
the kerb now or I'll be too far from it. I'm looking at this part of the car, at the door 
handle and it's kind of overhanging the kerb,   also I can't see much road down here   so the back of the car looks okay.

If I steer 
right now, that will bring the front in. The car   looks straight with the vehicle in front, just 
need to straighten the wheels back to the left. So that's how you can correct it if it's going far 
from the kerb. But you can always pull forward and   bring it in if you need to, although on a driving 
test you might get a driving fault for doing this. This time I'm steering two to the right too late. 
I can see in the mirror that I'm going to hit the   kerb as I can't see much road I've steered maximum 
full lock to the right but it's still going to   touch the kerb. As I can't see any road, rather 
than bumping the kerb and then possibly failing   my whole driving test and maybe damaging the 
wheel I'll make sure it's safe and pull forward.

Steering left as I drive forward creates 
space between the back wheel and the kerb.   This will be a driving fault on the test 
but at least it won't be a serious fault.   Make sure it's safe. Reverse back in using the 
mirror to help but don't stare at it. I'll just   wait for this car and while I'm waiting I'll check 
all around to make sure it's safe to continue. The back of the car is close to the kerb, so 
I'll steer to the right to get the front in.   Now the car's straight, so I'll 
straighten the steering back to the left.

The best way to park is using a mixture of method   and your own judgment but this 
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