Make sure your teen practices parking in different situations. Let them know that parking is always prohibited in front of driveways, fire hydrants and intersections. Have them check for parking signs near crosswalks and stop signs.
To practice parking at an angle, have your teen:
- Signal and slow or stop the vehicle 6 - 8 feet from the parking space.
- Check your blind spot on the side of the parking space for traffic and pedestrians.
- Begin your turn when you can see the center of the parking space without your line of sight cutting across the parking line.
- Move very slowly and turn the wheel sharply toward the center of the space. Once you enter the space, straighten the wheels and center the vehicle in the space.
- Stop even with the curb or parking line.
Help your teen practice the following approach to perpendicular parking:
- Signal and get 6 - 8 feet from the parked cars or as far to the left of the lane as possible.
- Check traffic behind you. Drive slowly and turn the wheel sharply to the right.
- Check your right rear fender for clearance and straighten the wheel when you are centered in the space.
- If necessary, shift to reverse and move back slightly turning the wheel to the left. Use a forward reference point to avoid hitting a curb.
Help your teen practice the following approach to parallel parking:
- Check the rearview mirror and signal. Stop 2 - 3 feet from the front vehicle and line up rear bumpers.
- Shift to reverse. Look behind you while slowly backing into the space. Turn wheel fully toward the curb. When the vehicle is angled 45 degrees to the curb, and your front wheels align with the back wheels of the other car, straighten the tires and slowly back up in a straight line.
- Check the front of your car to make sure it clears. When your left rear bumper is even with the rear vehicle left front bumper, turn wheels sharply left and continue to inch back.
- When parallel to the curb, straighten the wheels and center your vehicle in the space.
To leave a parallel parking space, have your teen follow these steps:
- Shift your car to reverse and inch back until you can see the front car’s rear tires.
- Check your blind spot for pedestrians and traffic. Signal and yield to other traffic.
- Turn your wheel sharply to the left and slowly pull out of the space.
- Search your intended path of travel, turn off your signal and check your rearview mirror.
Parking on hills
To practice parking on a hill, ask your teen to:
- Choose a legal space and signal. Check your review mirror and blind spots.
- Apply the brake and approach parallel to and 12 inches from the curb. Make a smooth stop and shift into neutral.
- Turn the wheels in the proper direction. If facing up hill with curb, turn wheels left, toward the roadway. If facing down hill with curb, turn wheel right, toward the curb.
- Secure vehicle by shifting to park and setting your parking brake.