Driving expert's 15-second tip will help you parallel park every single time

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Parallel parking is often viewed as one of the more challenging moves to master before taking your driving test.

Learner drivers break out in cold sweat at the mention of 'parallel parking' – and they're not alone. It can lead to immense stress, even for very experienced drivers, particularly on hectic roads.

The parking technique necessitates positioning the vehicle parallel to the roadside, commonly squeezed in between other vehicles. It can be very snug, which is why it gives some anxiety.

But once you crack it, it's like second nature and crucial when seeking a parking spot in bustling areas. And thankfully, there's plenty of advice out there that you can follow.

TikTok, user @tonggeshuoche, who often shares his best driving tips online, recently shared an invaluable tip in a video that guarantees a perfect parallel park every time. The creator claims that within 15 seconds, their tip can be learned and applied instantly.

The first step is to "drive forward along the parking space lines" until your rearview mirror aligns with the first of the two cars you're intending to park between. Subsequently, you initiate the process by turning "the steering wheel full to the right" prior to reversing your vehicle.

The content creator elaborated: "When the left rearview mirror sees the corner" of the bonnet, you should "reset" the steering wheel. Following that, continue to reverse until the "tyre touches the white line, then turn the steering wheel fully to the left and keep reversing" into the space. The complete guide can be viewed in the video below.

It's also important to note that the RAC advises drivers to always signal before attempting a parallel park and ensure there is at least two feet of space at both ends of the parking spot.

The driving tip video garnered hundreds of comments, with numerous viewers praising it as a "very helpful" tutorial. However, some cautioned: "Never turn a car while it's still. You destroy the rubber of your tires that way."

The Highway Code warns that "turning the steering wheel when the car is stationary can cause unnecessary wear to the tyres and steering mechanism", a practice referred to as 'dry steering'. A TikTok from Green Signals Driving School suggests avoiding dry steering by "moving the car first, then turning the steering wheel".