Driving expert's 15-second trick helps you parallel park perfectly every time

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Parallel parking, known as one of the more challenging skills to master before taking your driving test, can be stressful for even experienced drivers on a busy road.

Whether you're rehearsing for your impending driving test or need to slot between cars when you're out shopping, tackling parallel parking can be intimidating. Defined as parking your car parallel to the road, usually in between other vehicles, the term 'parallel parking' puts fear into most learner drivers as it's widely considered one of the trickier techniques.

But once mastered it becomes instinctive and proves essential when hunting for a spot on congested roads. TikTok user @tonggeshuoche often posts useful driving tips, and his recent video divulges an ingenious hint that guarantees you ace your parallel park every time. According to the TikToker, learning this trick takes just 15 seconds.

Initially, ensure you "drive forward along the parking space lines" until your rearview mirror aligns with the first car out of the two you're looking to nestle between. Next, begin 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 this, 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 important to note that the RAC advises motorists 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 post by Green Signals Driving School suggests avoiding dry steering by ensuring the car is in motion before turning the wheel.