Submitted by: AugustineJoseph Augustine
In many places you will be forced to park your vehicle on the public streets. In such circumstances you have to park your vehicle parallel to the curb or side of the road. For parallel parking your vehicle you have to take necessary practice. You can park your vehicle only on the right hand side of a two-way roadway. But however you can park your vehicle on both right and left sides of a one-way street. The steps you should follow to park your vehicle parallel to the curb safely on the right side is detailed below.
First you must select a suitable space for parking your vehicle. Give right turn signal and stop your vehicle parallel to the vehicle parked in the front of the space selected by you for parking your vehicle. Keep at least two to three feet from the side of the front vehicle and the back bumpers of your vehicle and the front vehicle must be even.
Back slowly your vehicle. When the front of your vehicle clears the front door of the front vehicle, turn your front wheels sharply to the right and continue backing towards the vehicle parked behind the space selected for your car. When the front of your vehicle clears the back bumper of the front car, turn your wheels sharply to the left and continue to back slowly to the car behind. Stop your car before touching the front of the car behind. Then turn the wheels straight and move your car forward and park it in the center of the space.
While backing up your car, do not rely on your inside rear-view mirror. Check traffic behind by turning your head and look back over your shoulder till you complete backing up.
You must park your vehicle in such a way that the curb side tires of your vehicle must be within 12 to 18 inches from the curb.
If you have parked your vehicle headed up-hill, keep the vehicle in low gear and turn the front wheels away from the curb.
If you have parked your vehicle headed down-hill, keep the vehicle in reverse gear and turn the front wheels toward the curb.
Do not keep a child, elderly person or pets inside a parked car on sunny days even if you park for a brief period. The temperature may increase rapidly and will affect the child etc. More over there may be a possibility of kidnapping of the child or elderly person for ransom.
Do not leave the parked car with its engine running. Turn-off the engine, remove the key, locks the doors and then leave the vehicle.
Do not park your vehicle on the traffic side of another parked car (Double parking). Your parked car should not be a hazard to other traffic moving in the roadway.
When parallel parking your vehicle on the left hand curb of a one-way street, you may observe the following procedure. Stop parallel to the vehicle in front of your parking space leaving about 2 to 3 feet space from the front vehicle. Then back slowly your vehicle. When the front of your vehicle clears the front door of the front vehicle, turn your front wheels sharply to the left and continue backing slowly towards the vehicle parked behind the space selected for your car. When the front of your car clears the back bumper of the front car, turn sharply your wheels to the right and continue to back your car toward the car behind. Stop your car before touching the front of the car behind. Then turn the wheels straight and move your car forward and park it in the center of the space.
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