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#1 04-11-07 19:18:06

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How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park

Hi I was just wondering if the wheels can be pointing outwards after you have finished Parallel Park? 

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04-11-07 19:18:06

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Re: How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park




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#2 04-11-07 21:54:16

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Re: How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park

i have always been taught to have them straight,, unless on a hill pointing upwards, then i would have them pointing inward in case of parking brake failure.

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#3 05-11-07 21:56:06

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Re: How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park

Straight: for all manouvres: I hate untidyness.  (Other than in the above situation of facing up/down hill of course).


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#4 05-11-07 22:11:03

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Re: How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park

I like pupils to finish with straight wheels , but for test they don't have to , quite often pupil comes back and says the DE didn't even let them finish straightening the wheels before saying "that's fine , move off when your ready" .


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#5 05-11-07 22:38:15

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Re: How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park

I teach to finish with wheels straight, but also..... have told pupils that on test the examiner MAY prompt you to carry on before you have straightend up, and to be honest here, sometimes the pupils actually make it worse on test trying to straighten up.
best practice = straighten car wheels, but listen to examiner


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#6 06-11-07 06:53:53

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Re: How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park

I agree with the advice so far, the examiner doesn't mind in the wheels are straight, but I encourage my pupils to straighten.  Why?  If you are driving past several parked cars, how do you anticipate someone about to pull out?  One way is that the wheels will be turned out ready - so, to try and not give out the wrong message, i prefer the wheels to be left straight.

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#7 22-11-07 11:34:30

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Re: How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park

This is a moot subject.

I always teach with the wheels straight ahead (no surprises when the car is first moved when getting out of the park, also it is "tidy and professional"). Seems that Queensland Australia doesn't agree with the Northern Territory Australia - they insist on the wheels pointing outwards for a more natural "getaway".

In normal conditions I prefer straight ahead when parked between vehicles. What if a vehicle parks in front extremely close to you, and you have to reverse a substantial distance before pulling out?

Facing upwards on a hill I prefer wheels pointing out. The problem with wheels pointing in is that unless done with precision, a car which suffers sudden handbrake failure can roll backwards some distance before the rear wheels meet the kerb, building up momentum - it can easily mount the kerb instead.


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#8 08-12-07 16:15:39

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Re: How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park

I always teach to finish with straight wheels, but if a pupil cant get to grips with straightening, ie over steering etc, i wont flog it for more hours and will allow them to finish wheels pointing out ready to go!


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#9 05-01-08 16:34:34

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Re: How the wheels should be left in Parallel Park

I always teach to finish with straight wheels on level road, but it is not that important .

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