# How much space in between cars should i practice parallel parking?

i'm trying to practice parallel parking using cones but i find myself having quite a hard time. usually when i set up the cones, there would be around 2 feet of distance in between the cone and the car (for both front and back) an i find myself VERY inconsistent with my parking. i absolutely cannot do it in just one motion. i usually have to go back and forth until i get it in (which obviously wouldn't look good in a driving test), or sometimes i just give up that attempt and just do another one. however, i tried increasing the distance to around 3-4 feet from the cone to my car and it was significantly easier. i got around 5 proper parks consecutively. but i dont know, im guessing 3-4 feet is a bit too long already? how much space will you be given in a driving test? how important is it in a test to park successfully in one motion? thanks

Rona Lachat

Welcome to the world of LEARNING. Start with the cones as far apart as reasonable you can do. Now Park. Did you do it alright? Repeat moving the cones closer together. When you can do a good park then move them again. There is no magic distance, i absolutely cannot do it in just one motion.SO WHAT. Its called practise. how important is it in a test to park successfully in one motion? NOT important. You are expected to be able to park in a reasonable manner with confidence in your ability to know what the car you are using can do. there is a big difference between a second back and forth or ten of them to get parked. Im guessing 3-4 feet is a bit too long already? WHY do you GUESS that? You make it sound like miles of room? Three feet on each end is a short parking space. You can work on the shoehorn park AFTER you pass your test. Just a note your driving test is complete AFTER you return to the start place and PARK so that the examiner can get out of the car.

Snezzy

Long after you are really good at it, buy a horse, a pickup truck, and a horse trailer. Then try parallel parking THAT! Yes, with the horse in the trailer, to give you incentive to do it smoothly.

FlagMichael

When you park properly you only need one cone. You stop backing up when your front wheel reaches the curb.

River Euphrates

As others have pointed out - you can put them as far apart as you want to start, then start bringing them in. 15' is probably a good distance to get to. Depending on the vehicle size, visibility, and turning radius, it can be fairly simple, or it can be an unholy nightmare. I've stuck smaller cars (Mazda 3, Focus Hatchback, Nissan Versa Hatchback) into spaces that barely have enough clearance for the car to fit (of course, it required quite a bit of back and forth - a lot of fun, especially with a stick shift).

KayleenR

check out parrallel parking on U tube

Ron

25 feet apart is the average for a parking test