Make Parking A Cinch With This Parking Guide Infographic

Make Parking A Cinch With This Parking Guide Infographic

A few simple guidelines for when to turn and what to use for reference points when parking may be all you need to perfect your parking abilities. This infographic illustrates exactly how to parallel park and pull in quickly (backwards or forwards) into a parking lot spot.

Provided by UK car dealer T W White & Sons, the graphic offers helpful tips for anyone who has ever struggled with parking. When parallel parking, for example, stop moving backwards when you see the right corner of the car behind you in the middle of your rear view mirror.

Reverse parking into a bay isn’t always taught by instructors, so that sort of parking may be even trickier for many of us. The graphic shows how to use the parking lines as reference points to coolly and easily back in.

Here’s the infographic: (Click to expand or right-click to save.)


Parking Guide Infographic [T W White & Sons via]


  • Given it’s a requirement they test you on most of these points before granting you a licence – it’s scary to think someone found this neccesary to create. But then, i’m largely against licencing anyway given the testing is more about making you drive in a way that nobody in the real world drives and which in reality in certain circumstances could probably actually be complicated enough to be MORE dangerous, rather than making sure you’re not an ass on the road.

    I know a lot of hoons with their licence, and some really safe slow drivers who have trouble with say one technical detail of driving a manual (as an example) and have failed their test many times.

    Another interesting fact is that the constitution actually directly disallows local councils from issuing parking fines, which is staggering when you consider the figure of over 4 million issued @ up to $120 a pop. The main issue is because it’s a matter of constitutional law, to get out of it you actually need to appeal to the high court, and there’s basically no support without putting down at least a $3000-$4000 retainer.. Pretty risky stuff.

    • I had been driving for 6+ years and I lost my license due to a few stupid things (unpaid parking tickets caused my license to be suspended and I was driving 2 days out of rego… dumb I know). So I lost my license for a year. When I got it back I had no car so I didn’t bother renew it. By the time I went to the RTA I was literally ONE day over and had to redo the driving test to get my full license back.

      I drove illegally for a couple days to get back in the swing of things but man when I did the test I swear I didn’t drive over 30kph and I passed 100%… ridiculous. It’s in no way an indication of “real world” driving.

    • Being able to drive doesn’t necessarily make you great at parking. I learnt how to park in a tiny hatchback, then ended up buying a large sedan when I got my licence and it took me a while to get into the swing of parking it properly.

      • Interesting, as I say i’ve had little success in getting any authoritive information on it – however from what I can gather, the legislation under which local councils gain the ability to pass such fines on (the Local government act of 1995) is completely invalid not only because the constitution states that all taxation etc etc will be done by the federal government – but also that the act itself is completely unrecognized under the constitution given that a referrendum in 1988 came back with an emphatic no to giving local governments such powers, and referendum results ARE law under the constitution from what I understand. Not saying you’re in any way wrong, it’s just an area of extreme interest for me.

        The sources I found on my own:

        The legislation mentioned:
        Local Government Act of 1995 –

        Some notes by a parliamentary submissions group on the matter:
        K.M. Corke & Associates; Constitutional recognition for local governments

        Independent Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government Report(s)

        I’d love to discuss it further, as i’ve hit a bit of a brick wall as I say without putting down several thousand on a constitutional lawyer.

        • Here are some things to consider:

          1. Fines and taxation are not considered to be the same thing at law. A fine is financial punishment for the commission of crimes, especially minor crimes, or as the settlement of a claim, whereas a tax is a pecuniary burden laid upon individuals or property owners to support the government
          2. Referendum results are NOT law. They are a precondition of changes to the constitution, but the changes must be enacted by the Parliament. Secondly, the question put in 1988 was “A Proposed Law: To alter the Constitution to recognise local government. Do you approve this proposed alteration?” – No mention of denying local government the power to issue fines. It was rejected, the Constitution remained unchanged.
          3. s51 of the Constitution grants the Commonwealth Parliament the power to enact legislation relating to taxation. This does not mean that other levels of government cannot – just that if their laws conflict with Commonwealth Laws, the Commonwealth laws are trumps (s109 of the Constitution). This doesn’t really matter, because fines and taxes are not the same thing (see point 1 above).

          • 1. I realise they are not considered the same.. However.. if they aren’t recognized within the constitution they pretty much have no right to do anything other than the micromanagement that they were designed for.

            2. Referendum results ARE law, in that they cannot hold a referrendum and then disregard the result and do what they want anyway – they are binding votes. A non-binding poll is known as a “plebiscite”.


            3. Exactly. The Commonwealth parliament CAN allow them to do this, except they are explicitly the ones who have fought this in most cases, since they currently fund local councils, and very much find this to be an agreeable structure over “yeah you can just do what you want with no regard for the country wide scope of your actions”.

            I am very much inclined to agree, and evidently so was the vast majority of Australia when voting on this. If the referendum this year had not been cancelled due to the election, it MIGHT have passed, but even then – this would more be about the spin doctoring used around it – since the only real information from either side of the government regarding it was that it was “needed to let councils do the work they do”, which is accurate – in that they seemingly are not currently allowed to do what they do.. But I would disagree that it’s required.

            Above all else in the end, local councils are literally profit hungry private corporate entities. Why would a private entity be given legal power over free citizens.

  • “Now stop and turn your steering wheel all the way to the left. Don’t move whilst you are doing this”

    I cannot say that I agree with this one – while it may be an easier way of getting the result you want especially for an inexperienced driver, it is a surefire way to damage your power steering (assuming you are doing this on asphalt and not a smooth surface like polished concrete) which is rather expensive to get fixed.

    • Dry steering is bad, always – no two ways about it.

      It may be barely acceptable whilst you are learning, but absolutely not once you have been driving for more then 6 months.

    • Your steering shouldn’t come to much harm, but you’re certainly doing your tyres no favours. That lovely scrubbing or squealing sound is your rubber saying “hello road, bye bye tyre”. Mind you, judging by the amount of long streaks of rubber left by numpties driving cars mummy and daddy pay for, this doesn’t seem too much of a concern to some.

  • #5 cannot be correct. If you only put the front right corner of B in the centre of your car, then reverse straight back, the rear right had side of your car will NEVER be inside the area between B’s right had side and the kerb.

    You need to put the front LEFT hand corner of B in the centre of your rear window.

  • The infographic is right but not the text.

    Further, I believe all the numbers that have been mentioned above are relative – relative to the car you use, relative to the car around you.

  • these days it more like:
    pull up next to B.
    release hands from wheel.
    press the auto park button.
    get out of car with a smug “im better than you” look on your face.

    • Using an auto-park feature means you have failed both at driving and life.
      Seriously, if someone requires assistance performing the most basic maneuver of driving, they should not have a license.
      But then the fact that this infographic exists indicates that there is a scarily large segment of the population who fall into that category. 😛
      How to FORWARD park into A BAY? Seriously?

  • Parking has a lot to do with spatial awareness, which is why many people who are technically good, careful drivers still suck at it. Also, car design seems to be heading down a path that impedes a driver’s ability to see anything out the rear window, which is probably why park assist is also becoming a common inclusion. I have a Mazda3 sedan and the small, high-set rear window and even tinier rear passenger windows mean I am basically forced to guess when reverse parking.

  • This is handy, I have no idea how to parallel park between 2 cars because as of 2005 when I learned how to drive it was no longer part of the driving curriculum.

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