A Guide to Perfect Parallel Parking, Brought to You by Math


Parallel parking can be intimidating. If you don’t live in a city or somewhere you get to practice it often, there’s a good chance you haven’t had to do it since you passed your driver’s test, which only builds it up into something to fear even more.

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If that’s you, you probably go out of your way to avoid having to do it – but after this post, fear no more!

Researchers at the University of London have solved the issue with a formula that works out how much extra space is required to make your car fit in just perfectly. Now, the formula is rather complicated, but it gives us some pretty straightforward advice.

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Multiple record holder and stunt drive specialist Alastair Moffatt (UK), earned a record for the 'Tightest parallel parking in reverse' on Guinness World Records Day 2015, after squeezing a classic Mini Cooper into a space just 34 cm (13.386 inches) larger than the vehicle itself ??? Look out for more spectacular new records this Thursday 8 November on #GWRday 2018! ?⏱️ _____________________________________________________________ #parking #stuntdriver #guinnessworldrecords #officiallyamazing #drifting #drift #reverse #driving #driver #perfectfit #parallelparking

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They’ve broken down the process into 5 simple steps:

  1. Pull alongside the car ahead of the spot you want and align your rear tires with that car’s bumper.
  2. Turn your wheel toward the curb as far as it will go.
  3. Back up until the center of your inside rear tire aligns with the street side edge of that forward car.
  4. Straighten the wheel and keep backing up.
  5. When your outside tire aligns with that same edge, turn your wheel out toward the street and keep reversing.


Sounds simple, right?

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I have to say, as someone who is comfortable with maneuver, the confidence of being able to choose the best and closest parking spot, regardless of how you have to get into it, is pretty awesome.

I hope these 5 simple steps free you from driving around looking for a regular spot, too!