Parallel Parking

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Bill S.'s Comment
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I'm having a tough time parallel parking. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Bud A.'s Comment
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I'm having a tough time parallel parking. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Not sure if all states set up the cones the same way, but the way I teach it is to pull the rear of the trailer about three feet in front of the cones at the front of the box. Then make a 45 degree angle between the tractor and trailer as you back. When you get to that angle, keep backing as you get the truck straight with the trailer again. Look in your mirrors and aim the rear of the trailer for the first cone in front of the one at the back of the box, make small adjustments to get it aimed at that cone.

Back until your tandems hit the line on the outside of the box (the line nearest the center lane where you started from). When you get there, make another 45 the other way to swing the front of the trailer parallel with the box. When your mudflap or landing gear get to that line, crank the wheel the other way to swing the tractor into the box. Pull up and make small adjustments to get it all the way into the box.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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I'm having a tough time parallel parking. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Not sure if all states set up the cones the same way, but the way I teach it is to pull the rear of the trailer about three feet in front of the cones at the front of the box. Then make a 45 degree angle between the tractor and trailer as you back. When you get to that angle, keep backing as you get the truck straight with the trailer again. Look in your mirrors and aim the rear of the trailer for the first cone in front of the one at the back of the box, make small adjustments to get it aimed at that cone.

Back until your tandems hit the line on the outside of the box (the line nearest the center lane where you started from). When you get there, make another 45 the other way to swing the front of the trailer parallel with the box. When your mudflap or landing gear get to that line, crank the wheel the other way to swing the tractor into the box. Pull up and make small adjustments to get it all the way into the box.

I get the first cone in between my tandems then start bending my trailer, aiming my driver's side rear corner for the farthest corner/cone in the back of the box. Once I see the corner of the trailer almost touching that cone in my convex mirror, I turn my wheels hard right, too straight en out. Then straight line backing till my tandems cross the line then start bringing the tractor in the box

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Bill S.'s Comment
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I'll give it a shot. Thankyou

Anchorman's Comment
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Check out this thread that includes a diagram on How to Parallel Park. Maybe it will help...

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