Practice, practice, practice for your road test

• Locate the parking space – is the space legal and is it approximately 1 ½ times the size of your care;

• Mirror, signal, shoulder check to the right-of-way Pull up beside the car (3 feet from the car—in front of the parking space you whish to back into and stop when you line of the rear bumpers—you will be able to see the rear of the vehicle through your rear right window;

• Put the car into reverse so the reverse lights activate telling traffic that you are going to park;

• Put on your right signal, if you haven't done so already;

• Locate your 45° degree reference point which should be straight out form the door post—the reference marker can be any fixed object;

• Release the brake and back slowly steering rapidly all the way to the right without any gas and backing until your are facing your reference point;

• At this point the rear bumper o the car should be in line with your steering wheel;

• Straighten the wheels and back until the bumper of the parked car is ½ to 1/3 the way down your hood or the front of your car clears the parked car;

• Steer rapidly all the way to the left and back until the car is straight in the space;

• Stop;

• Put the transmission in “Drive” and pull forward and centre your car in the space – you should be able to see the top of the rear bumper of the car in front of you – the car should be 6-9” inches (20-30cm) from the curb.


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