1. Look for a place to park: You can skip this step if you're using practice cones. But if you're parallel parking for real, you'll need to find a vacant space about one-and-a-half times the length of your vehicle.
2. Position your car: A common mistake is to drive forward into a parallel parking spot, but this will get you stuck at an awkward angle. The key to lining up your car is to pull up next to the vehicle parked in front of the empty space. Align your back wheels with the rear bumper of this car and stop.
3. Check your surroundings: Look in your rear-view and side mirrors to check for any traffic or pedestrians behind you. If it's all clear, shift into reverse. NOTE: On a busy street, you'll want to turn on your blinker to convey to the car behind you that you intend to parallel park.
4. Prepare to turn: Turn your steering wheel as far to the right as possible.
5. Back up: Ease your foot off the brake so the car starts slowing rolling backward and to the right. Watch your mirrors to make sure you don't end up hitting the parked car. If all goes well, your right front tire should eventually align with the back of the car parked in front of you. Pause here for a moment.