Forward Parking into a Bay Reference Points
This sections covers the reference points for forward parking into a bay and reversing out driving test manoeuvre. Reference points may need to be adjusted slightly depending on your seating position and the type of vehicle you are driving.
These reference points are to be used alongside the forward bay parking tutorial.
Forward Bay Parking to the Right
Locate the bay in which you intend on parking in and line up the first bay line so that it falls just under your right door mirror. At this point, steer quickly to full right lock. Your vehicle will enter the area that is shaded red.
Forward Bay Parking to the Left
Similarly to the above technique, locate the bay in which you intend on parking in and line up the first bay line so that it falls just under the left door mirror. At this point, quickly steer to full left lock and your vehicle will enter the red shaded area.
Where to Stop in the Bay
Hitting your wheels on the end of the bay kerb or failing to fully enter the bay (the rear of your car is protruding out the bay) is likely to result in a test failure.
This reference point can be used for an understanding for awareness of where your vehicle is in the bay once stopped. Therefore, knowing that you are sufficiently parked within the bay and stopping at this point will avoid your wheels from hitting the end of bay kerb.
As your vehicle enters the bay, wait for the end of bay kerb or line to fall just under your door mirror. At this point stop the vehicle.
If there are vehicles parked in the bays next to you, to avoid hitting them with the front of your car when it swings out, it’s essential that you do not turn too early or too much.
Keeping your steering straight, reverse out of the bay until your door mirror lines up with the front or rear of the vehicle parked next to you. At this point, turn your steering wheel half-turn left or right (depending on which direction you are reversing). When you are confident that the front of your car is clear of the vehicle, quickly continue to full lock.