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#1 26-01-09 21:48:46

zara456
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bay parking tips pleease

heya
can anyone share their reference points for turning into bays to park? i know it varies for each car but just want to know generally so if you took a different car, you'd still know when to turn into the bay.
any help or suggestions smile would be much appreciated before i practise.

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#2 26-01-09 21:55:27

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Re: bay parking tips pleease

Hi Zara

I don't use reference points when teaching parking skills, so it would depend on what method your instructor is using.

Can you help by explaining briefly what method you have been taught.   


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#3 26-01-09 22:06:22

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Re: bay parking tips pleease

Start from in a bay. Drive forwards SLOWLY, applying full lock QUICKLY as your shoulder crosses the front line of the bay. Straighten up as the car is parallel with the front of the bays and stop immediately the steering is straight. Look for reference points from this position as this will be the place to start to steer when reversing.

Look for references such as the bay lines, or centre of the bay, 2 bays away from your target bay, or perhaps the corner of a car parked beside the target bay.

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#4 27-01-09 01:52:44

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Re: bay parking tips pleease

Kev has suggested a good way there, i find that in my mini, when the white line is centre on the passengers door, it's time for full lock,, but as said,, they will all differ quite a bit depending on car and steering lock.

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#5 27-01-09 10:46:38

zara456
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Re: bay parking tips pleease

well my instructor  told me that when my back wheel is in line with the white line of the bay i want to go into. except i just find this reference point bit hard as its hard to know where the wheel is.

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#6 27-01-09 11:22:51

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Re: bay parking tips pleease

Hello.
Stop 3/4 of a car's width from the bay (you can judge this by sitting up and the bay line running parallel with the car should appear in the bottom of the passenger's window). Stop so that one of the bay side lines runs inline with the seatbelt clip of your seat. Handbrake, reverse, obs, right blindspot and feed the wheel evenly as you reverse to full lock (this is the bit that takes practice). At the point at which the back of the car starts to come into the bay, both side lines should be visable in your door mirrors (with some slight dancing) so you can check your position. Start steering back just before the nose of the car comes straight, you should feed the steering wheel so it comes straight as the nose of the car comes straight. Look behind you as you reverse into the bay.

I have a guide that I give to my students, if you would like a copy just PM me with your email address.
Cheers
Tim


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#7 27-01-09 22:02:53

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Re: bay parking tips pleease

Go to a car park when it is empty!  Sit in your instructors seat and use the duals to move the car, try to park both sides using reference points for you to get into the bay, note them.

When you are with your pupil, get them to stop the car on your reference point (use markers on windows or apply a small sticker)  and let them find theirs, they will all be different due to individual seat positions (but yours never change) Use a car park where the bays are similar to size of test car park, then get pupils to get car on their reference point and simply reverse full lock straighten up when car is straight back up until corner of drivers window meets kerb and stop.  If they get it wrong on test, teach them not to panic, drive forward correct position and back it in.  Yes driver fault on control but not fail  smile


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#8 10-02-09 20:37:19

Tony
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Re: bay parking tips pleease

You could have a look at these links...

http://www.2pass.co.uk/bayparking_left.htm

and

http://www.2pass.co.uk/bayparking_right.htm

Hope they help a little.

Tony.

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