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November 20, 2017

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Bay parking involves 2 manoeuvres, either a forward or reverse bay park. Here, we go through how to reverse into a bay, and drive forward out of it.

  1. Control – keep the vehicle slow, and control the speed
  2. Accuracy – keep within the lines of the bay
  3. Observation – be aware of everything that is happening around you and act accordingly

Step by step – reverse bay parking

Make sure you are following the MSM routine throughout this manoeuvre. Keep checking those mirrors!

  1. Give yourself a wide turning circle by safely pulling into the centre of the road
  2. Show your intentions; put your car into reverse, check your rear view and door mirrors, then signal
  3. You will now need to reverse the car to the point of turn – your instructor will have taught you where that is, based on your car. Keep observing all around the car as you move.
  4. Stop at your turn point of turn and carefully look around in all directions before you continue
  5. If you’re clear to move, very slowly reverse, while quickly putting your full lock on in the direction you need to move into
  6. Once both lines of the parking spot are lined up parallel with the car, bring your steering wheel to a central position as you continue to slowly reverse
  7. Continue to reverse straight back until you are fully into the space – again, your instructor should teach you your reference points

And you’re done!

Don’t forget to keep breathing, take things slow and steady, and don’t panic!

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