Cost and technique tips for young drivers - Parking
When you’re new to the road, one of the trickiest and sometimes costliest aspect of driving is parking. Whether you’re trying your best to parallel park or having to pay a fine for parking in the wrong bay, you can quickly find yourself flummoxed and out of pocket.
To keep the costs down and keep you safe, we’ve got a few tips for young drivers when parking.
Most local cities have council parking in force, which means the local authority deals with parking and also with fines. These are completely unescapable should you get one, so make sure you are parking in spaces that are clearly metered.
If you’re parking at night or out of charged hours, ensure there’s clear signage illustrating it is okay to park there. Never park in a permit space that doesn’t show the hours it is enforced.
Private car parks issue fines through private companies. If you believe you parked correctly, you can dispute these with the issuer.
Learning to reverse park is a must for your test – but it’s also a must for trips to the supermarket and beyond. Reversing into a space might be tricky at first, but being able to drive forwards out of a space is far better than reversing out. Driving forwards allows you to see vehicles more clearly and also costs less than reversing back out.
When you’re new to driving it’s easy to make mistakes. When parking on a hill, there isn’t any room for them. Here are some tips for hill parking you need to memorise and stick to.
- When parking upwards on a hill, put your car in first gear before turning it off. Turn your steering wheel to the left so that the wheels point away from the curb.
- When parking downwards, put your car in reverse and turn your wheel to the right so your wheels point inwards.
- Tightly apply the handbrake.
Parallel parking can be a nerve-wracking experience both in your test and in the real world. However, in crowded cities it’s a must have skill. Follow these tips to nail parallels.
- Practice with cones to get it right.
- Never force a park, if it feels wrong pull out and start again.
- Ensure you signal and allow cars to pass if you’ve got impatient drivers behind you.
- Leave the car in front and behind you with enough space to get out.
- Keep your foot near the brake pedal at all times.
- Take it slow.
- Align your back tyres with the car you’d like to park behind’s rear bumper, then turn your wheels to the right and head back at a 45 degree angle. Stop, adjust your wheels to the left and back up slowly. This should form the basis of your parallel park technique.