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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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How to Parallel Park

Thanks for the all the tips!!! my instructor showed and told me twice what to do, but he's retired and been driving for years... So I was like "huh?" So one instructor kinda broke it down for me (blind side parallel parking). He told me to do one full turn with the steering wheel to the left. Then "drift" it in there (motioning his hands in an "S" fashion)....ok I'm sorry but I need more of a detailed explanation at first so I can picture it in my head...

Like this: (1) turn the wheel one full turn to the left (2) as the back of the trailer goes in, then stop when you see your landing gear (about half way of the trailer) is even with the first cone (3) stop...pull your parking brakes if you have to get out and look to see where you are (4) turn the wheel in the opposite direction (to the right) all the way until the wheel locks.... Release the parking brakes... And your tractor will line up straight with your trailer (5) go straight back slowly (you will see the cones in both your driver's side and passenger side mirrors (6) stop when your splash guard is even with the first cone (7) turn your wheel to the hard right (8) then turn your wheel to the hard left quickly (9) straighten up and adjust (tweak it) once you're in the box

Ok.... So this explanation I just wrote came from one of my peers in school that he got it in the box this way.... I lived at the YouTube videos and most just show it, not really "saying" things like a reference point with the tires, splash guard, landing gear, front cone, etc. for the blind side parallel parking... The camera man is talking, but I to know what the driver himself/herself is doing with the steering wheel and referencing points with the tractor, trailer and cones... Yesterday I was so frustrated... I got it barely in the box with my tractor at a funky 35-45° angle with my trailer 😒😫....

My instructors who have been driving for years, don't say to "stop" at any point.. they just tell me to drift it in there... But I see some students actually stop and get out and look, or just stop, turn the steering wheel and then continue to proceed to back up.... Randall did an excellent job at explaining the driver side parallel parking and he said to do it the opposite way for the blind side....

But at first, do I turn the steering wheel to the hard left until it locks or do I just turn it one full turn? On one YT video, I believe the driver said one full turn in the beginning.... But others say turn the steering wheel hard all the way (to the right or left.. Whichever side you're backing on).... I'm more of a thinker and I'm visual too... I just got to read it, visualize it in my head and process it... Then it'll come out smooth....

I went in my car and cried yesterday in frustration bcuz I want to get this.... Somebody PLEASE HELP ME!!! Can you give me a detailed, step by step instruction for this????

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