Queensland learner drivers are being urged to use the temporary suspension of practical driving tests to brush up on their reverse parallel parking techniques.
Reverse parallel parking is one of the many manoeuvres required as part of a practical driving test, with learners being required to do at least two of the following manoeuvres to pass their test:
RACQ Principal Technical Researcher Russell Manning said reverse parallel parking was a driving manoeuvre all Queensland motorists should know.
"Reverse parallel parking is an essential manoeuvre, but even some experienced drivers seem to have difficulty with it," Mr Manning said.
"The fact some cars have automatic reverse parking functions that will guide you into a tight parking spot at the flick of a switch speaks volumes about the difficulty some have with this manoeuvre.
"Unfortunately, you can’t rely on the technology to get you through a driving test, so you have to know how to do it for yourself."
Mr Manning said practice was vital when trying to execute the perfect reverse parallel park.
"Practice makes perfect. Learners should practice their driving manoeuvres frequently, not only so they’re ready for anything the driving examiner throws at them during the test, but also so they’re well equipped to drive on their own as p-platers," Mr Manning said.
"If you don’t get it on your first few attempts, that’s OK, just restart the steps from the beginning and continue to do so until it becomes second nature."
RACQ’s four steps to nail the perfect reverse parallel park:
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