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.
- Control – keep the vehicle slow, and control the speed
- Accuracy – keep within the lines of the bay
- 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!
- Give yourself a wide turning circle by safely pulling into the centre of the road
- Show your intentions; put your car into reverse, check your rear view and door mirrors, then signal
- 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.
- Stop at your turn point of turn and carefully look around in all directions before you continue
- If you’re clear to move, very slowly reverse, while quickly putting your full lock on in the direction you need to move into
- 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
- 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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