Tips for parking your car

JonathanApril 25, 2014

For many drivers, one of the biggest headaches is parking. Whether it's the hassle of finding a space that your car will fit in, or negotiating your way around the other people on the road to actually navigate your way safely into a space – parking is annoying.

However, in the modern world, where commuting and driving around busy city centres is more common than ever, parking is an essential part of everyday life. Car leasing can help make the daily grind a little easier by giving you a model that has all the latest technology and is cost efficient.

Although there are many advantages to leasing a car or van, having a brand new model can mean that stress levels are raised when tackling parking, as you don't want to risk damaging your beautiful new car.

However, there are certain tips and tricks that can make your life easier when it comes to navigating your vehicle into the perfect space.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has once again paired up with Britain's top advanced driver Peter Rodger to give motorists advice about parking. Their first, and simplest, piece of advice is to always park on the left-side of the road if you can. This makes it easier for you to navigate your car into a space.

It's also best, according to the expert, to try to reverse into parking spaces when in a supermarket or other types of car park. This will make it safer when you are leaving as you can fully see where you are going and what's around you. It is also is more fuel efficient as you'll be manoeuvring with a warm engine.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "Parking is an essential part of driving which many people find stressful. Don't feel pressurised by other drivers waiting for you to park – it's important to do it at a sensible pace."

You should also check your mirrors and over your shoulder frequently to know what is around you at all times. With new technologies it can be easy to just rely on parking sensors, but this isn't the safest way of navigating your car.


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