Tips to Take the Stress Out of Parking
Parking a vehicle strikes fear into the hearts of many drivers but it often cannot be avoided. Kerbside parking is a standard in most UK towns and cities where space is a premium, and parallel parking is often your only option to get a space.
Parking is generally considered one of the trickier skills for drivers, but like many things, practice makes perfect. Take the stress out of parking and avoid bumps and scrapes with these simple tips to help you park your car.
Take it slowly
Drive slowly when you’re parking. Don’t allow yourself to rush and don’t succumb to pressure from other drivers to speed up and get out of their way, making you vulnerable to a costly mistake made in haste. Don’t feel bad for holding them up briefly; you’re just as entitled to the road as they are.
Which side of the road to park on?
Try to park on the left-hand side of the road when you’re parallel parking on the street. It’s safer and much easier than having to cross both lanes of traffic to park.
Think about other road users
Be mindful of leaving enough space for lorries and other large vehicles to get past your parked car. This is especially important near bends and side roads where they will need to swing wide to make the turn.
Think about how you will get out of the space
Reverse into a parking space in a car park if you can as it is safer to drive out into traffic than it is to reverse.
Use your eyes
Don’t rely on your car’s parking sensors; check your mirrors and over your shoulders regularly when you’re manoeuvring your car.
Look in all directions repeatedly when reversing
Look to the left, the right and directly behind your vehicle when reversing. Be aware that a car could be reversing out opposite you or a pedestrian could be there, even in a fairly empty, unused car park.
Practice makes perfect
Set up a practice area in an empty car park – an hour invested now might just turn you into a parking genius.
Download parking apps and keep some change in your car to ensure you’ll always got the right money to use in a parking meter.
Stay safe when parking alone
If you may need to return to your car in an enclosed car park when no one else is around err on the side of caution when it comes to your personal safety. Choose your car parks carefully – opt for ones that are well lit, have plenty of traffic and are monitored by CCTV or security personnel.
In the event of a vehicle incident, please call CLM Incident Management on 01908 210 100