A parking space is usually an area designated for parking and can be in a garage, parking lot or on a street. The space is usually marked to fit a single car and the parking fee will depend on location and based on time depending on the regulations put in place. In this article, we will look into the different types of parking and give insights into perfecting that parking skill as a driver.
What are the four types of parking?
There are four main types of parking; perpendicular, angled echelon parking, parallel and double parking. Angled parking is the most spread type in parking lots.
Parallel parking involves parking the car in line with others and parallels to the curb. In such parking lots, all cars face in one direction with the front bumper facing the previous/front car’s rear bumper. These parking lots are usually set on street sides where space is not enough allowing traffic to flow on smoothly. However, this type requires one to have a certain technique in driving to allow driving into a specific parking space without causing accidents. The following video illustrates on the above explanation
How to parallel park like a professional
Parallel parking requires you to drive next to the car you are parallel parking on which is usually the car in front of you. If your car is of the same size as the next, line up your side mirror (left/ right-depending on the parking side). If the next car is a bigger place the car a little bit further and if smaller move a little bit into the front of the car. Then turn slowly towards the curb and at one point move the wheels away from the curb slowly until the back is aligned then turn the wheels away from the curb. However, you have to maneuver continuously back and forth allow fitting right in.
Tip: Always ensure car has enough space left between other cars to allow ease of pullout.
This type of parking requires little skill to move in or out since it requires one to park the car perpendicular to the parking wall or curb. This type is common in garages and parking bays.
This type of parking is similar to the perpendicular except that the cars are parked at an acute angle and in direction to the cars approaching the parking space. For angle parking, it is a lot easier to move into space that in perpendicular parking since the turn at this point is gentler. This parking allows more cars to be parked in a smaller space and allows easier maneuver.
Angle parking like a pro
Angle parking requires one easy skill which is to start turning once half or three-quarters of your car has passed the previous car. During reversing the same skill is applied only that one has to be careful of the space left behind the car. For easier remembering view the following video.
Double parking occurs when a car parks in a way another cannot depart and usually occurs in three ways; on the street and in garages that have attendees and in parking lots having more than one parking space. Double parking on the street occurs illegally and each car blocks another due to limited space.
The other scenario occurs in parking garages where valets have keys to the cars and have the right to both keys to allow moving one car to allow the other to move out. In parking lots with more than one parking space, the cars are parked back to back but each car has its own exit.
Parking fees are different and depend on location and time that one parks his or her car. It is therefore important to consider the fees and regulations before parking your car in any lot.
Tip: Always check the parking lot you park in to avoid being overcharged for wrongfully parking in the spaces meant for the disabled.
In conclusion, technology has enhanced parking by the introduction of sensors, assisted parking and cameras which have eased mode of parking. However, the skills to Park remain the same and require continued practice.