Challenge as learning to drive

For some people, learning to park is just as much of a challenge as learning to drive. However, it’s important to know how to park as a driver. You can successfully park when you learn how to watch for reference points that will allow you to see how much space you have to maneuver the vehicle without hitting anything.

That should be easy, right? You would think so, but surprisingly, quite a few collisions occur in car parks. UK Parking Control has seen plenty of evidence of this. This is because there are so many people and drivers in such a small space. Plenty of practice should make you a safe driver and parker. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

1. Move the vehicle slowly, but turn quickly.
When you move slowly while parking, it gives you more control. Turning quickly helps to position your vehicle right where you need it to be.

2. Keep looking in every direction when backing in or out of a bay.
While we commonly look to the left or right while driving, it’s important to remember to look directly behind you when backing up as well. A vehicle across from you could be pulling out at the same time, or a pedestrian could cross you while your vehicle is moving.

3. Don’t assume that all cars will slow down, or that you can see all of them.
Again, it’s important to always look around when in a car park. Even if it’s empty, don’t assume that a car, pedestrian, or bike rider won’t suddenly appear (and they often do!).

4. Park away from the other vehicles
It’s not necessary to park in the most remote part of the car park, but it’s simply easier and safer to park in a place where you won’t be surrounded by cars and foot traffic.

Did you know that carelessly backing up is the most common cause of parking accidents? Stay alert, drive slow, and keep an eye out when you’re parking. These tips will help you to safer, more successful car-parker.

Daniel Maynard

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