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(Fark)   Subby lives in a place that has on street parking. Cheap entertainment watching someone trying to parallel park. Since the "Pull In v. Back In" parking debate has been settled, can Farkers parallel park? What about on the left side (one way streets)?   (fark.com) divider line
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2020-05-22 9:02:33 AM  
Reverse in method is the only way, unless you want to correct.

Yes, I am excellent at it.

No, nobody gives a shait.
 
2020-05-22 9:12:40 AM  
I failed my driving test (in part) the first time because I couldn't parallel park*.  So, now I can parallel park perfectly, but only on my second try.

Parallel parking in a manual on a hill gives me the wobblies, though.

/*In my defense, my dad did try to teach me in the middle of a snow storm the day before the test.
 
2020-05-22 9:13:47 AM  
On one way streets, if I have the luxury of a choice I pick the spot on the left, simply because I can more easily look out the window or crack open the car door to see where the curb is. I'm not even bad at parallel parking, it's more of a "anything I can do to reduce the time I'm tying up traffic I'll do" mindset.
 
2020-05-22 9:21:49 AM  
The first time I moved to a "big city" my apartment only had on street parking.  Shortly after moving in,  I found a spot right in front of the building.  It was a little small for my land shark, but with several bags of groceries and no other parking spot for blocks, I tried.  Having grown up in a tiny town and having no skills, it probably took 15 minutes with 7-12 point turns, curb jumping, bumper banging and I was openly crying with frustration.  When I finally legally parked it and stepped outside, I heard a loud round of applause.

The house across the street was having a big party and everyone had come out on the balcony and porch to laugh at me.

I stopped buying groceries after that.
 
2020-05-22 9:25:24 AM  
I've never ever even noticed that someone baking into a parking space inconvenienced me in the least.
 
2020-05-22 9:33:27 AM  
I can and I do parallel park. For me the entertainment (and it is entertaining) is watching people try to park while using a back up camera.

An example is a spot that is sufficient in size for the car. They'll (correctly) back in but stop about two feet short of the car behind them (because the camera tells them so). Then they adjust the wheel and pull forward so far that the front bumper kisses the rear bumper of the car in front.

Because of the technology people are less capable now.

Needless to say the people who do that find they can't fit and drive away.
 
2020-05-22 9:42:26 AM  
REAL FACT here people - foolproof way to parallel park:

1: pull up alongside the car you're going to park behind, lining up so your front door is next to the other car's front door;
2: start backing up, and when your front door is next to the other car's back door, turn the wheel hard to the right so you're cutting into the curb;
3: continue cutting into the curb UNTIL YOU CAN SEE BOTH HEADLIGHTS OF THE CAR BEHIND YOU IN YOUR SIDEVIEW MIRROR;
4. immediately turn the wheel hard to the left and continue backing until the car is parallel to the curb, but before you hit the car behind you;
5. pull forward to straighten out and even out the spaces ahead and behind.

Reverse left and right above for parking on the left side of the road. That bit about seeing both headlights is KEY.


optikeye: I've never ever even noticed that someone baking into a parking space inconvenienced me in the least.


I'm sure the aroma from the oven distracted you.
 
2020-05-22 9:50:15 AM  
First, yes I can.

Second, back when I used to smoke, the smoking area for my office was in the alley next to the building.  This alley was pretty small.  There was enough room for a row of cars to park and barely enough room for a car to drive past.  But, it was downtown and these five parking spaces were coveted.

I cannot tell you how many times I saw cars end up perpendicular to the parking space because these people could not parallel park. I even used to say one of my regrets about quitting smoking was that I no longer got to see people attempting to park in the alley.
 
2020-05-22 9:52:41 AM  

mxhdrm: I can and I do parallel park. For me the entertainment (and it is entertaining) is watching people try to park while using a back up camera.

An example is a spot that is sufficient in size for the car. They'll (correctly) back in but stop about two feet short of the car behind them (because the camera tells them so). Then they adjust the wheel and pull forward so far that the front bumper kisses the rear bumper of the car in front.

Because of the technology people are less capable now.

Needless to say the people who do that find they can't fit and drive away.


I was already fairly good at parallel parking, but my first car with a backup camera brought it up to an art. The red line on mine is about 6 inches from the car behind me. Combined with a small car I've generally been able to get into spots that other people have given up on.

Left hand spots still make me pause though.
 
2020-05-22 9:53:53 AM  
I used to be able to parallel park like a champ. Like six inches from the vehicle in front and behind. Sadly, somehow I lost that skill. Now I get out and let my wife do it. She rocks at parallel parking.
 
2020-05-22 9:59:27 AM  
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2020-05-22 10:00:31 AM  
I took my drivers test in a 1976 four door Lincoln Continental.
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The cop was impressed that I aced the parking and 3 point turn. I miss "Abe"...we finally had to get rid him about 10 years ago.
 
2020-05-22 10:02:13 AM  
In college, it was the only way to park.
 
2020-05-22 10:08:10 AM  
I took my drivers test in a 1972 manual shift, pickup with crew cab, full bed, that was approximately sixty feet long.  Everything since has been a cakewalk.

I had my last car for 13 years, I could quickly parallel park in my sleep, and set it three inches off the curb every single time.

New car, haven't tried it yet, but it's smaller, with a tighter turning radius.  At worst I'll find myself a foot off the curb once or twice and hope no one was watching.

mxhdrm: I can and I do parallel park. For me the entertainment (and it is entertaining) is watching people try to park while using a back up camera.

An example is a spot that is sufficient in size for the car. They'll (correctly) back in but stop about two feet short of the car behind them (because the camera tells them so). Then they adjust the wheel and pull forward so far that the front bumper kisses the rear bumper of the car in front.

Because of the technology people are less capable now.

Needless to say the people who do that find they can't fit and drive away.


My new car has a backup camera, with all kinds of lines one the screen meant to represent the car's footprint.  I'm not at all sure where the lines intersect with reality, so I pretty much ignore it.

Just for giggles, I just now went out to the driveway, leaned a rake up against the car, and popped it into reverse.  The first distance line is dotted, and is at 1 foot exactly, the first solid line is at 1.5 feet, and the next distance line is at 2.5 feet.  Assuming I can remember this, it's a bonus tool, and I should be able to get within inches of any obstacle.

I'm not sure the tool is what makes them any more or less capable.  Perhaps it's more to do about not bothering to familiarize themselves with the tool?
 
2020-05-22 10:11:21 AM  
I cannot parallel park to save my soul.  If I'm with my wife, we trade places and she parks.  If I'm by myself, I keep going until I can find a place that doesn't require it, or find a place where there are two or three empty spots in a row.  That I can do.
 
2020-05-22 10:18:41 AM  
Worked at a job where I needed to parallel park every day. You obviously get pretty good at it that way. One thing I figured out though is not to try fixing it. If you screwed it up, or are screwing it up, pull all the way out and try again. Wiggling around won't move you laterally half a metre.
 
2020-05-22 10:19:06 AM  
I can parallel park a freight train.
 
2020-05-22 10:24:32 AM  
My wife gets upset with me when I perfectly parallel park my pickup truck since she struggles with her Honda Civic even thought the entire reason I'm good it is because I have no choice but to back in properly and she can almost always pull in forwards and as such has no practice.

Also if you live in a climate that gets ice and/or snow the best free entertainment is living on a steep hill. This is even more fun if there is also on street parking as long as your car isn't one of the cars parked on that street.
 
2020-05-22 10:30:28 AM  
Being able to parallel park is one of those life skills everybody should have, like being able to fry an egg or wash yourself. You're really not a complete adult until you've mastered them.
 
2020-05-22 10:32:39 AM  

optikeye: I took my drivers test in a 1976 four door Lincoln Continental.
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The cop was impressed that I aced the parking and 3 point turn. I miss "Abe"...we finally had to get rid him about 10 years ago.


I took mine in my Grandma's 1966 Buick LeSabre... so I understand (mine was impressed too)

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Back on topic:

Back when we lived in a much more urban area of the metro area I did all the time (both sides of the street capable as work was on a one way street).  I probably haven't had to in over a decade, but I have no doubt that I could if that was the only option.

/I had my kids stand up on the roof when I was teaching them.  'Much' easier to comprehend the mechanics of the parking movements if you're looking down at how the vehicle slips in there rather than ground level
 
2020-05-22 10:36:47 AM  

Ker_Thwap: I took my drivers test in a 1972 manual shift, pickup with crew cab, full bed, that was approximately sixty feet long.  Everything since has been a cakewalk.

I had my last car for 13 years, I could quickly parallel park in my sleep, and set it three inches off the curb every single time.

New car, haven't tried it yet, but it's smaller, with a tighter turning radius.  At worst I'll find myself a foot off the curb once or twice and hope no one was watching.

mxhdrm: I can and I do parallel park. For me the entertainment (and it is entertaining) is watching people try to park while using a back up camera.

An example is a spot that is sufficient in size for the car. They'll (correctly) back in but stop about two feet short of the car behind them (because the camera tells them so). Then they adjust the wheel and pull forward so far that the front bumper kisses the rear bumper of the car in front.

Because of the technology people are less capable now.

Needless to say the people who do that find they can't fit and drive away.

My new car has a backup camera, with all kinds of lines one the screen meant to represent the car's footprint.  I'm not at all sure where the lines intersect with reality, so I pretty much ignore it.

Just for giggles, I just now went out to the driveway, leaned a rake up against the car, and popped it into reverse.  The first distance line is dotted, and is at 1 foot exactly, the first solid line is at 1.5 feet, and the next distance line is at 2.5 feet.  Assuming I can remember this, it's a bonus tool, and I should be able to get within inches of any obstacle.

I'm not sure the tool is what makes them any more or less capable.  Perhaps it's more to do about not bothering to familiarize themselves with the tool?


We thought the tool on our new-to-us vehicle was kinda cool for the first week until the hitch bike rack arrived. Now the tool just says "BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" and gives you a great view of the bottom of the rack until you take the van out of reverse. We use the front and side beep alarms to wedge the whole works into the garage with an inch to spare, though, so we got that going for us.
 
2020-05-22 11:19:31 AM  
I remember my driver's ed teacher in high school would make us parallel park on the left side just for the fun of watching kids puzzle it out. It really showed who understood what they were doing. It's actually easier because you have a better view of how close you are to the curb.
 
2020-05-22 11:20:33 AM  
By the time I turned 16, I had been working at a golf course for almost two years; part of the job was parking golf carts in their designated spots in the cart barn, so I had spent hours parallel parking and driving in reverse.  I couldn't wait to show it off on my driver test.

Then my examiner forgot to make me parallel park.
 
2020-05-22 11:31:59 AM  

mxhdrm: I can and I do parallel park. For me the entertainment (and it is entertaining) is watching people try to park while using a back up camera.

An example is a spot that is sufficient in size for the car. They'll (correctly) back in but stop about two feet short of the car behind them (because the camera tells them so). Then they adjust the wheel and pull forward so far that the front bumper kisses the rear bumper of the car in front.

Because of the technology people are less capable now.

Needless to say the people who do that find they can't fit and drive away.


I think the higher beltlines of modern cars make it harder for people to get an intuitive sense of how close you are. My backup camera beeps increasingly quickly as you get closer. While PPing, I don't stop backing up until it's well past a steady tone. It's so nice.

Also, Ford's backup camera (at least in my car from 7 years ago) is the only one I've ever seen that draws curved lines as you turn the wheel to estimate your path backing in. That is miraculously useful. I can't imagine why every (CAN-bus linked) camera doesn't do that. Maybe all the automaker-installed ones do now?
 
2020-05-22 11:54:12 AM  

Enigmamf: mxhdrm: I can and I do parallel park. For me the entertainment (and it is entertaining) is watching people try to park while using a back up camera.

An example is a spot that is sufficient in size for the car. They'll (correctly) back in but stop about two feet short of the car behind them (because the camera tells them so). Then they adjust the wheel and pull forward so far that the front bumper kisses the rear bumper of the car in front.

Because of the technology people are less capable now.

Needless to say the people who do that find they can't fit and drive away.

I think the higher beltlines of modern cars make it harder for people to get an intuitive sense of how close you are. My backup camera beeps increasingly quickly as you get closer. While PPing, I don't stop backing up until it's well past a steady tone. It's so nice.

Also, Ford's backup camera (at least in my car from 7 years ago) is the only one I've ever seen that draws curved lines as you turn the wheel to estimate your path backing in. That is miraculously useful. I can't imagine why every (CAN-bus linked) camera doesn't do that. Maybe all the automaker-installed ones do now?


My 2017 dodge pickup has that. It's  3/4 ton mega cab, so it's pretty huge. As it's a farm truck, it doesn't have to be parallel parked very often, but I can do it just fine when the need arises. Both with the backup camera and without. For bonus points, I've even repeatedly parallel parked a manual transmission, right hand drive "estate car" (station wagon) on narrow Scottish city-center streets.
 
2020-05-22 12:09:01 PM  
Subby here,

I've got one of those new fangled cars with the backup camera and lines (the lines don't curve though). I really don't use the camera until I'm backing up close to the car behind me, after I've done the second pivot turn. I just throw my arm over the passenger seat and turn my head. I can do both sides just fine.

I just love people see-sawing back and forth to try and get in, cheap entertainment.

/Don't forget to turn your wheel on a hill
//Set your parking break
 
2020-05-22 12:41:04 PM  
You don't know how to parallel park until you've mastered the M35A2 it's a 2 1/2 ton 6x6 cargo truck.

/waiting for the 18 wheel rig driver to chime in...
 
2020-05-22 12:42:14 PM  
Aced the parallel parking on my drivers test.  Havent been able to do it in less than 3 tries since.  30 years of saying fark it and leaving it for my husband to redo when he gets home.
 
2020-05-22 12:50:20 PM  

bingethinker: I remember my driver's ed teacher in high school would make us parallel park on the left side just for the fun of watching kids puzzle it out. It really showed who understood what they were doing. It's actually easier because you have a better view of how close you are to the curb.


That's the nice thing about the UK. You can park on the "wrong" side of the road if you want. No one cares. First time in the US I did that I got a "WTF are you doing?"
 
2020-05-22 1:39:28 PM  
I can but prefer not to. I've never tried to parallel park on the left side.
 
2020-05-22 2:19:41 PM  
I grew up in suburbia where the only parking I had to do was driveways and parking lots, so parallel parking skills came on much later.  Left or right, doesn't matter, I'm pretty decent at it.  Most times when I'm done I tell myself, "not bad for a suburban kid"
 
2020-05-22 7:50:18 PM  
Our business vehicle is a 2018 Holden Evoke station wagon. White, boring, and practical. Just like the car :-)

It has a touchscreen option for parking. Choose it as you approach the parking spot. It allows you to select parallel or tail-in parking, left or right side.

Once the sensors and camera are happy, it announces "I've got this". All I have to do is select forward/reverse, and apply gentle accelerator/brake. It's about 98% effective.

Sometimes I park manually just to keep my skills up...
 
2020-05-22 8:19:14 PM  

LarrySouth: It has a touchscreen option for parking. Choose it as you approach the parking spot. It allows you to select parallel or tail-in parking, left or right side.


You know, I wonder if you can use that during your license tests
 
2020-05-22 8:25:04 PM  
My parallel parking game is on point, as long as I'm in my own relatively small car.  Driving someone else's car I need to think a lot more.
 
2020-05-23 4:38:54 PM  
pull in works fine if you drive over the curb with your front wheel.
 
2020-05-23 5:18:40 PM  

arrogantbastich: Reverse in method is the only way, unless you want to correct.

Yes, I am excellent at it.

No, nobody gives a shait.


I did take drivers training before I could get my license in michigan and they made damn sure you could do that. Never forgot.
 
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