Parking is a crucial and essential component for all learner drivers. It is also the station whereby test candidates tend to chalk up the most demerit points and immediate failures. Here are some comprehensive and detailed tips on how you can improve your parking skills.

Parallel Parking

Parking:

1. Position the car slightly ahead of the parking lot. The car should be approximately 0.7 – 0.9m away from the side kerb, and 1 car length away from the parking lot. Make sure that your mirrors are already well adjusted.

2. Perform your safety checks: Check the left side mirror, right blind spot and look through the rear view mirror. After that signal left and engage the reverse gear.

3. Look through your left side mirror, when the back kerb on the left becomes fully visible, turn the steering wheel fully to the left.

4. Reverse in slowly till your vehicle is at a 45 degrees angle. Then straighten the wheel and continue reversing.

5. Continue reversing in a straight line until your front left wheel crosses the front kerb. Make a full right turn and continue reversing till car is completely in the lot.

6. Ensure that the back wheel of the car doesn’t hit or mount the back kerb.

Exiting the parking lot:

1. Engage reverse gear and perform safety checks: Check both side mirrors, left blind spot and look through rear view mirror. After that, make a full left turn on the steering wheel.

2. Reverse a little, making sure that the back wheel of the car does not touch the kerb. This step ensures that you have sufficient space to maneuver your vehicle out of the lot.

3. Change to forward gear, signal right and perform safety checks: Check right side mirror, right blind spot. Make a full right turn on the steering wheel and proceed slowly when clear.

4. Once the back left wheel has cleared the side kerb, proceed to straighten steering wheel and drive out.

Vertical Parking

Parking:

1. Position the car approximately 0.8 – 1m away from the side kerb, and 2 car lengths away from the parking lot. Make sure that your mirrors are already well adjusted.

2. Engage reverse gear and signal left. Perform safety checks: Check the left side mirror, left and right blind spot, look through the rear view mirror. Start reversing in a straight line.

3. Reverse till your back wheel is ½ a car length away from the parking lot. Then make a full left turn on the steering wheel.

4. Continue to reverse in. Use your side mirrors to gauge the distance of car from the sides and make the necessary adjustments. Example: If vehicle is too close to the left, return steering wheel more to the right, if vehicle is too close to the right, return steering wheel more to the left. Whilst reversing, perform a safety check by looking through the rear view mirror and turning your head to look through the rear windscreen.

5. In the case whereby the vehicle has entered the lot, but is not parked nicely. Engage the forward gear and straighten the vehicle. When completed, engage reverse gear and reverse into the lot. Remember to perform safety check of turning back to look through the rear windscreen before reversing in.

Exiting the parking lot:

1. Engage the forward gear, signal left/right. Proceed straight and make sure that kerb has crossed your shoulder before making the necessary turn. Remember to check for blind spots to avoid being penalized.