At Maple Driving School, we understand that parallel parking can be a difficult task for new drivers, but with our help and guidance, we can make it a breeze. Our experienced instructors will provide you with the necessary practice and exposure to master this skill within a week or two.

We know that many people struggle with parallel parking because they misjudge the gap and turning angles and other complications, but with our guidance and practice, you’ll be able to conquer it with ease. Before approaching the parking spot, our instructors will show you how to assess the gap to ensure your car fits properly. Additionally, we’ll teach you how to check for traffic and signal other drivers to ensure the safety of yourself and other drivers.

When it comes to parking, we’ll show you how to park parallel to the car in front, ensuring that the gap between your car and the one parallel to yours is at a safe distance to avoid damage. You’ll learn how to properly make use of your rearview mirrors, as well as, how to turn the steering wheel in the appropriate direction. Our instructors will also teach and make you practice on you how to park in the given time so that you don’t fail your test due to timely completion.

At Maple Driving School, we also provide you with hands-on practice, so you’ll be able to apply the tips and tricks you’ve learned in real-life situations. With our help, you’ll pass your parallel parking test with flying colors, and become a safe and confident driver.

The following are some of the points we recommend you keep in mind while parallel parking.

  1. Before parking your vehicle, analyze the gap and see if your vehicle fits or not. The favorable length is one and the half-length of the vehicle you are planning to park.
  2. Make sure to look out for incoming traffic and park only when the traffic is at its minimum.
  3. Park exactly parallel to the car in front of the space. The total gap between the two cars should be around 1 meter.
  4. Make sure you use your rearview mirrors to check the space one more time to avoid retries.
  5. Fully turn the steering wheel and start to back up slowly. Watch out for traffic because the front of your car moves outwards when you will back up.
  6. Release your handbrake and back up slowly. Then stop once your vehicle is at an angle of 45 degrees to the curb.
  7. You should carefully watch the movement of the car and wait for the moment as soon as the front door of your car passes the rear bumper of the car ahead of you.
  8. Turn your wheels straight and back up and stop a few meters before the curb.
  9. Once your car is at a safe distance from the vehicle in front, turn the steering in the opposite direction. You may glance ahead just to ensure that the bumper of your car doesn’t touch the other vehicle. Start backing up slowly and stop just before the bumper of your car touches the bumper of the car behind you.
  10. Straighten the wheels and move forward leaving an equal gap in the front as well as the back. Switch off the engine and exit the vehicle. Don’t forget to engage the handbrake!

You have now successfully parallel-parked your car! Don’t be frightened if you think the above will be very tough for you. Our staff will ensure that you go through each step multiple times until you have perfected it.

Can you fail on parallel parking?

The answer to this question is a yes as well as a no. There is a very high chance you will fail to parallel park if it is your first try or even your second. However, with ample practice, it will soon become a cup of tea for you. It includes just three fluid motions and once you learn to manage them, it is very easy to parallel park.

Is parallel parking on the driving test in BC?

Yes, in the province of British Columbia, you will be required to parallel park the vehicle. It is a part of the multiple obstacles that you will have to clear to acquire your driving license. The instructor will require you to parallel park on the roadside or in a parking lot with cones. However, it depends on where you are giving your driving test in the province.


Parallel parking isn’t something you should be afraid of. All you need to do is follow the steps and practice them. Maple driving school has the teachers as well as the required facilities to ensure that you pass your parallel parking test in one go!


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