Driving Test #3: Parallel Parking

(music) When driving, it's crucial to always be aware of what's going on around you in every direction. And that's certainly true when parallel parking. Do you see the brown car parked up ahead? Yes. Imagine another vehicle parked one-and-a-half car lengths behind it. Parallel park between the two vehicles. The driver pulls along side the SUV she'll park behind. Then, executes three moves as she backs up. She begins by turning the steering wheel to the right. Then, back to the left to straighten-out the car and pull-up evenly along side the curb. Next, she pulls forward and parks. It only takes her three moves to park, limiting the potential impact on other drivers. Here, the driver has pulled up alongside the SUV, once again. But before backing up, she sees a car approaching from behind. She waits for it to pass, then begins to parallel park. Notice that she's not just looking at her mirrors. She's turned, looking directly into her direction of travel.

To be parked legally, she needs to have both right tires within twelve inches of the curb. Parking further away from the curb presents a traffic hazard. But be careful not to run your tires up into the curb, either. That can damage them. Once you've safely parked, the drive test continues. Re-enter traffic. After all, you'll need to safely drive away from that parking spot. Notice that our driver looks out her window before re-entering. Then, as she begins to re-enter, she looks a second time making sure there's no traffic coming up from behind. She's successfully completed the parallel parking test and back on the road for the next phase of her driver test. (music fades) (credits with music) (music ends).