Beat The Blind Spot: How To Parallel Park

If you’re always struggling with how to do a perfect reverse parallel park then this is the guide for you. We’ve broken it down into easy steps to parallel park, so you’ll be safely swinging in between cars in a jiffy

Parallel parking is one of those driving maneuvers that can cause great debate between fellow drivers. For some it’s as easy as breathing and for others it can seem like a dark art.

Reverse parallel parking is the action of reversing your vehicle in between two cars that are pulled over. So you (hopefully) end up between them and parallel to the road.

Most parallel parking situations occur in major cities or high population areas so if you’re not used to urban driving conditions it can be an intimidating experience.

Thankfully, we’ve put together this easy to follow guide that will have you parallel parking like a pro in no time but of course you should always follow safe driving practices and exercise caution when parking.

Keep in mind that the following steps are to be used as guidance only and Honda is in no way responsible for any damage caused to yours or others property while attempting to perform the following manoeuvres.


Step 1: Find A Spot

First thing’s first, find that perfect spot. A good rule of thumb here is the more space between the two parked cars, the better. 

Also, make sure you take into account the size of your car. Your Honda Jazz will be able to squeeze into smaller spaces than your Honda Odyssey for example. 


Step 2: Align Your Vehicle

Pull up to the side of CAR A so that your back wheels are aligned. Keeping about half a metre between you and CAR A.

Make sure your indicator is on!


Step 3: Fully Lock Your Steering Wheel

While in this position, fully lock your steering wheel towards the direction you intend on going. 

Slowly start reversing, keeping an eye out for pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.


Step 4: Reverse With The Steering Wheel Fully Locked

Keep reversing with the steering wheel in full lock. Your car should begin turning into the spot at this point. 

Keep backing up until the left front corner of CAR B is in the middle of your rear view mirror. 


Step 5: Stop And Readjust

Once you can see the left front corner of CAR B, come to a complete stop. 

Turn your steering wheel back into its original position so that your wheels are completely straight and begin to slowly reverse again.


Step 6: Start Reversing Again

Keep slowly reversing into the parallel park until the front of your car can narrowly clear the back of CAR A and then come to a complete stop.


Step 7: Fully Lock And Swing In

Turn your steering wheel all the way to the right until its fully locked

Keep reversing in with your steering wheel fully locked until your car is between CAR A and CAR B and you are fully parallel with the road.


Voila. You’ve just successfully pulled off a parallel park. 

Parallel parking tips can be extremely helpful but practice makes perfect. So keep at it and if possible, practice in a controlled environment.  This article is for guidance only and safe driving practices should always be followed.


Honda's Technology

Fortunately for us, modern automotive technology has turned blindly parallel parking into a thing of the past. 

Depending on your Honda purchase, it may come equipped with a Multi Angle Rear View Camera & Rear Parking Sensors so you can slide right into those tight spots with ease. It may also include dynamic guidelines which will adjust as you steer to project the arc  your vehicle will take while backing up.

Keep in mind that this technology is used to assist you in parking maneuvers, it isn’t a visual replacement for your eyes and rear view mirrors and safe driving practices should always be followed.

The Honda Odyssey VTi-L also comes equipped with a Smart Parking Assist System which will automatically steer your vehicle into any standard right angle or parallel space. Giving you a perfect park, every time. 

While the Smart Parking Assist System will steer your vehicle for you, it is still your responsibility to apply pressure to the brake and change gears when necessary.