Perpendicular parking or bay parking is a method of parking a vehicle perpendicular to an aisle, curb or wall. Perpendicular parking usually involves either driving forward or reversing into the parking space.
Driving forward into a parking spaceEdit
There is usually two major types of perpendicular parking technique of driving forward into a parking space. A skilled driver may be able to drive forward into the center of a parking space by turning the steering wheel all the way to the right (or left, in left-hand drive countries or when parking in a space on the left side of a one-way street). For beginning drivers, this may risk collision with the car in front of the parking space, or may result in the car not being parked at the center of the parking space.
Such drivers may find it easier to include an intermediate step, where after turning almost into the parking space, they back up with the wheel turned the opposite way until there is a space between the front end of the car and the car in front of the parking space, before finally turning into the parking space.
Reversing into a parking spaceEdit
There is usually two major types of perpendicular parking technique of reversing into a parking space. One method is to use reference point to line up with the line of a parking space ahead of the desired parking space, then reverse into the desired parking space. A skilled driver may be able to reverse into the center of the parking space once by using this method.
Another method, usually easier for beginning drivers, is to turn to the opposite way from the parking space after passing the desired parking space, then reverse into the parking space. This method normally cannot be done if the lanes between the parking spaces are too narrow.