[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
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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