One of the trickiest parts of driving is parallel parking. Even experienced drivers have problems with this skill. We’re pleased to offer our patrons in the Cherry Hill, Collingswood, and Mount Laurel areas this quick primer on parallel parking your Nissan vehicle.
Parallel Parking: General Tips
Parallel parking can be intimidating. Nobody wants the embarrassment of bumping another vehicle (or even damaging your car or someone else’s!).
Take time to practice—after all, you know what they say. Head out to an empty lot and work on it. Stacking empty cardboard boxes can be a great way to develop your skills. If you bump them, they won’t damage your Nissan vehicle.
Proper Parallel Parking
- Put on your turn signal and pull up 3 feet past the empty space and away from the car you’re parking behind.
- Put your Nissan in reverse and begin slowly backing up, turning (or cutting) your wheel to the right all the way when your back wheels are aligned with the back bumper of the car you’re parking behind. Look behind you while you park, so you can see the space and any oncoming traffic.
- When you’re at a 45-degree angle, cut your wheels to the left.
- Back up until you’re parallel with the curb. Your Nissan should be less than 1 foot away from the curb.
- Make any small adjustments needed by pulling out and backing in when needed.
- Don’t be afraid to start over if you’re not feeling it on the first angle.
- Make sure that you leave enough space for the car in front of you to pull out.
- If you’ve got a passenger, they can get out and direct you from the curb.
- Sometimes it’s easier to pull in; don’t feel that you have to back in just because it’s proper.
- Don’t rely on your mirrors. Look behind you.
- Be aware of traffic at all times.
- You shouldn’t need the gas. Keep your foot on the brake once you start moving.
- You want a spot that’s the size of your car plus 6 feet or more.
- Always put on your turn signal before you start parking
- If you see someone else signaling that they want to park, give them room. Either stop to let them get in or pass them, leaving plenty of room for them to maneuver around you.
When it’s time to leave, back up straight as far as you can, put on your signal, cut the wheel to the left, and ease your way out. You may, depending on how much space you have, need to back up and ease out, cutting your wheels to the right and left as needed a few times.
For more information about great Nissan cars in the Collingswood, Cherry Hill, and Mount Laurel areas, stop in to Cherry Hill Nissan today.