Bay Parking Tutorial
On your driving test, the examiner will expect you to perform the Bay Parking Manoeuvre:
- Safely, smoothly, under control
- Making proper use of the accelerator, clutch, brakes and steering
- Steer in the correct manner, keeping a reasonable distance from any other vehicles
- Signal if necessary - if other road users are near
- Without crossing the white bay marking.
The examiner will also be looking to see that you:
- Are aware of other road users (both motorists and pedestrians) and keep looking all around throughout the manoeuvre.
On your test, you will only be asked to perform the bay parking manoeuvre if the test centre has a car park with marked bays. You cannot perform the bay parking manoeuvre elsewhere.
Don't feel pressure to rush this manoeuvre. The examiner will allow you plenty of time, around four minutes, to complete the bay park.
If at any time you feel you are not getting into the bay correctly, stop, pull forwards and straighten out in front of the bay. You can then straight reverse into the bay.
Turning On Approach Method
If there is enough space, you can turn the car as you approach the parking pay so that you are in a better position to reverse into it.
Turning On Approach
Why Reverse Park?
As a rule most car parks have parking bays marked out with white lines. Reversing into these bays is normally the best option as it is easier to manoeuvre a car in reverse. It is also safer to drive out forwards.
When choosing a bay to park in look out for badly parked cars either side of the bay, as such cars can make it difficult for you to park or open the car door.
Don't use parking bays that are dedicated for disabled or parents with children when you are not entitled to use them. If you do, you may risk a incurring a fine.
Always try and park squarely in the bay so that you don't make it difficult for for other to enter or exit adjacent bays.
Remember, some car parks fine drivers who park in bays incorrectly - even if a car wheel is slightly over the bay line.
What the driving test examiner expects of you during the driving test.
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