The previous world record for reverse parallel parking has been shattered. Before this week, the record stood at a combined 35 centimeters between the car and the vehicles front and behind, a yawning chasm large enough to sail the entire Nimitz-class aircraft carrier fleet, ten cruise ships, and, of course, YO MOMMA…
A few simple guidelines for when to turn and what to use for reference points when parking may be all you need to perfect your parking abilities. This infographic illustrates exactly how to parallel park and pull in quickly (backwards or forwards) into a parking lot spot.
Handbrake-sliding a classic Mini into a parking spot just five inches longer than the car itself is a little absurd, but it is impressive.
That parking spot is just big enough for a
Fiat Citroen VTS, and to actually make it work is that much more challenging in front of a helpful group like this.
German Ronny "C-Rock" Wechselberger made parallel parking history earlier this year when he flipped his Volkswagen Polo into a spot approximately 26 centimeters (10.24 inches) longer than his car without crashing. It beat the old record by just one centimeter.
If you think parallel parking is bad now, imagine it in the 1950s. With archaic power steering (if any) and massive cars trying to parallel park must have been even more irritating. With this in mind one clever inventor dreamed up the "Park-kar" (?), a trunk mounted, drive shaft driven fifth wheel to maneuver…
This mule doesn't mess around with radar proximity sensors or advanced trigonometric algorithms. He just parks with his heart and makes anyone who uses assisted parking feel like an ass.
Stanford University's Computer Science Department's autonomous VW Passat Wagon has learned a fun new trick: using vehicle and real-world models to accurately J-turn its way into a parallel parking space. At least our future masters have skills.
Striking a blow for feminist equality, this little girl demonstrates the kind of parallel parking skill more often associated with gristly movie stunt drivers. Don't try this at home, unless you're also impossibly cute.
1. Pull up just alongside the car in front, leaving 2 feet of space, until your rear bumpers are even.
These parents are obviously doing something right, as their son not only drives a Power Wheels Mustang, but can drift it into a parallel parking space like a parking challenge champ. Someday we want our kids to drive this well.
Twenty-one (by our generous count) very sad attempts at parallel parking yield a very half-assed result which still has the car hanging out in the driveway. We're still flabbergasted to see it's possible to turn yourself around 180 degrees while attempting to parallel park. The Benny Hill music and accelerated speed…
Ford's one-upping Lexus with an ultrasonic parallel-parking system it claims is easier to use, more versatile and requires less driver input than camera-based rivals. Amazingly, the whole Ford lineup may get it by 2012.
You know what makes parking easier? People yelling at you in Italian and someone taping it. The video goes on for three minutes and at no point does the young woman in it get anywhere near parking her car correctly. This is what parallel parking looks like when done by someone who was never taught how to parallel…