How to Parallel Park with Cones | Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Parallel Park with Cones | Step-by-Step Instructions

Drive Test talking to you today about parallel parking for the purposes of
passing a road test. And how to parallel park between cones. So stick around, we’ll
be right back with that information. [INTRO & MUSIC] Hi there smart drivers, welcome back. Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you today about parallel parking between cones. I
had a comment from nikelnichol. I also had a comment from Nicolas Mazer and
both of those smart drivers wanted me to do a video on how to park between cones
for the purposes of passing a road test. About a year ago, I also had requests
from WorstNightmare666 who also wanted me to do this. And I should have
done this a lot earlier. So I do apologize for the delay in getting this
video up for you. So that’s what we’re gonna work on today. Now the first thing
you’re gonna need is you’re going to need those 36 inch tall, 1 meter tall
pylons. Sometimes called delineators. And you could pick those up at a rental shop
for about $10 for four of them for the day So they’re inexpensive. Now just
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parallel parking between cones for the purposes of passing a road test. If you
haven’t seen the parallel park video already about parking behind a single
vehicle or between two vehicles, definitely have a look at that. I’ll put
the card up in the corner for you and have a look at that video. Now parallel
parking between cones tends to be a little bit easier because you got better
reference points. And we’re gonna go over that now. The first thing you need to do,
is you need to set up the cones. You want to set up the cones, as you can see here
in the video, approximately a foot wider than the width of your vehicle. You want to
put the cone 12 inches or 20 centimeters on either side of the car; on the
passenger side and the driver’s side. And for the length of the vehicle you want
to put the cones one and a half vehicle lengths. So simply park your vehicle
where you want it to end up when you finish your parallel park and place the
cones at the front and then approximately another half a length
behind the vehicle. Put the cones behind the vehicle at approximately the same
distance on the driver side and the passenger side. As you get better and better and more comfortable with parallel parking, you
can move the cones in and narrow the space that you’re going to park into. But for most
of these driving centers, the cones are going to be one and a half vehicle
length distance between the front and the back. And the reason for that is
because any tighter than that and it’s just too difficult for new drivers to be
able to do that. So that’s how you set up the cones. It’s not a specific feet and
inches or a specific measurement for setting the cones up. Just put them around your
vehicle and make them relative. And as I said, as you get better and better and
you’re working on this aspect of preparation for your road test,
just move the cones in a closer and essentially that’s all it is. So what
we’re gonna do here is we’re gonna hook up the cameras–the other camera–so you
can see everything going on here, and we’re gonna do a couple of parallel
parks. And I’ll go through it step-by-step and give you instructions
on how to do this. [PARALLEL PARKING] So we come up here and we line up the vehicle so we’re about
two to three feet away from the pylon at the front. And essentially what we want
to do–it’s the same as in the other parallel park video–we want to bring it
so we can see that pylon through the back window.. right at the back corner
there and you can see that in the image there where you want to line that up.
Okay we put our signal on to the right. [YOU MUST SIGNAL AS YOU APPROACH THE SPACE] Put the vehicle into reverse because we
want the reverse lights to activate right away. And we’re ready to back up.
Now on this one with cones, it’s a lot easier because you don’t have to pick out a
45-degree marker. All you need to do is turn the steering wheel all the way to
the right and when you see the two pylons at the back in the driver’s mirror that’s when you know to straighten your steering wheel out. So we start to back up. We turn the steering
wheel all the way to the right and we back up. When we watch this mirror here–driver’s side wing mirror–and as we’re backing up… we’re almost there. We can see the two pylons now in the driver’s mirror here. You can see that in the image. When
you can see the two pylons, we straighten the steering wheel out, and we bring
the front pylon all the way… so it’s just past the passenger pillar on the front of the vehicle here. When that’s in the front of the pillar we turn the steering wheel all
the way to the left. And we nice and easy, gently bring it back and we look behind
us so we don’t drive into the pylons. And when the vehicle… and you want to stop and pause and look and make sure that you’re straight forward here. As you’re straight
forward here, that’s when you put it into a forward gear and we pull up. We
straighten our the steering wheel out and we drive forward until we’re just close to
the pylons at the front of the vehicle. And you can see that in the camera there.
And that’s all there is to it. It’s actually easier I believe to
parallel park between cones. First of all the fear and trepidation of actually
hitting another vehicle is gone. Because if you bump a cone, it’s not a big deal. If you bump somebody’s car it’s a big deal because then you got
insurance, and you know the shame of actually telling them that you hit their
car and those sorts of things. So it’s actually easier. So this is a great
exercise for you to learn how to drive and learn spatial relationships of your
vehicle when you’re doing slow-speed maneuvers. So you know get a bit rammy
with it and figure out where the vehicle is in space in place. And this will help
you do that and we’re gonna go around we’re going to do one more parallel park.
And it’s the same thing for the purposes of the road test. Once you get to this
point here you put the vehicle into a forward gear hold the foot brake and
apply the parking brake and then shut the vehicle off. Because you’re gonna do
a road test and on a road test they expect you to leave the vehicle. So
you’re gonna secure the vehicle–and you can hear the beeping–but you secure the
vehicle. So you keep your foot on the foot brake, apply the park, into a forward gear. It’s going to be into Park on an automatic. And then
you shut the vehicle off. Now for the purposes of a road test, you’re probably not
gonna shut it off, but we’re gonna do that. So in with the clutch, start it up. Into reverse. You got your foot on the foot brake, release the
parking brake, look behind you, back up so you’re near
the cones. And again, this is an exercise that you can do. And looking, backing up.
Okay, mirror, signal, shoulder check over to the
left. Into a forward gear–into drive for those of you driving an automatic in North
America. And we simply shoulder check again immediately before we move. And you go slow because remember the vehicle turns sharper the slower you go. The
slower you go, the sharper the vehicle turns. That’s true with any vehicle. So that’s how you come out. Mirror, signal, shoulder check all the way to left
and then steer around to the other side. And we’ll go back around and we’ll
do it one more time and we’ll make sure you get all the pieces in place for you
to parallel park between cones. All right, we’re coming up we got our
signal on before. We’re coming up. We’re positioning the vehicle two to three
feet away from the cones. We position the vehicle so we can see the cone in the
window at the rear window on the passenger side the back door of the
passenger side. Okay, into reverse right away. We’ve got our signal on. Okay we
don’t need to pick out a 45° degree marker on this one because what we’re gonna do is we’re
gonna see the two rear cones in the driver’s wing mirror. Okay, we start moving the vehicle back.
All the way to that way–to the right–on the steering wheel [CHUCKLING] and we look–in this mirror we can see both cones in this driver’s wing mirror. That’s when you straighten the
wheel out one and a half turns back to straight. This way will straighten the wheel out. We
come back until the front cone is just in front of the passenger door pillar. So now we’ve got the cone in front of the pillar. And now we turn the steering wheel all the way to
the left. Nice and slow going back, and we look out
the back window. And we come back and just about straight… right there we’re straight
in the space. Put the vehicle into a forward gear and we bring the steering wheel all the way
back one and a half turns to the right to bring it to straight. We’re actually
gonna bring the front end just a little bit over and we pull up so we’re just
near the cones. And then we stop. Okay, so we’re in the space and we’ve secured the vehicle. We’ve shut it off and now we’re going to get ready to leave again.
You put your foot on the foot brake, release the parking brake. Into
reverse, look out the back window and back up near the cones. And we back up near the cones. We’re near the cones. Left signal on, forward gear,
mirror, signal, shoulder check. The police car is not too close and we go nice and slow. Because again, the vehicle will turn sharper the slower you go. So we go nice and slow out of the parking space and around the cone. And
that’s all there is to it. Quick review of parallel parking between cones for
the purposes of passing a road test. All of the landmarks, and all of the same
techniques and skills that you saw in the parallel parking video between and
behind another vehicle apply to parking between cones. The only difference is the
reference points are a little bit different. You still want to pull up so
you see the first cone at the front up here in the passenger side back door
window. And you can see that in the image here where you want
that marker to be. Then you turn the steering wheel all the way to the right.
Back up until you can see the two cones at the rear in the driver’s side mirror.
When you can see that, then you straighten your wheel out and continue
to back up until you can see the front cone just past the pillar on the
passenger side. And then you turn the steering wheel all the way to the left.
Continue to back up until the vehicle is straight. And the other thing is is that
when you back in to get the vehicle straight, don’t just be looking backwards; look
forward to and that will give you a reference point of whether the vehicle
is straight in the space or not. Once you get straight in the space then you
simply pull up, and do a bit of an adjustment to get the vehicle straight
in the space. And then you secure the vehicle. Keep your foot on the foot brake, apply the parking brake, put it into a
forward gear if you’re driving a manual transmission. If you’re driving an
automatic, put it into park because for the purposes of the road test they’re
going to want to see that you can secure the vehicle because they’re anticipating
that you’re going to leave because you parked the vehicle and you’re leaving. Right,
so you need to secure the vehicle, then when you leave the parking space, you put the vehicle in reverse and back up. You need to look out the back window
before you put the vehicle in motion. That is imperative on a road test
because if you don’t look before you put the vehicle in motion, unfortunately
you’re gonna fail your road test. You won’t be successful. So you back up close
to the cones at the back and then put your left signal on. You signal, mirror, shoulder check and then begin to pull out. And then just before you pull out,
shoulder check again and remember the slower you go the sharper the vehicle
turns. So make sure you go slow when doing these maneuvers. And this is a really
good exercise. As you get better and better at it, you can move the cones in
closer and that way it’ll teach you how to drive. It’ll also teach you where the
vehicle is in space and place while you’re learning how to drive. So that’s
how you can do it between cones. Questions for my smart drivers: do you
have a driving center that is going to get you to parallel park between cones
for the purposes of a road test? Leave a comment down in the comment section
there. All of that helps out the new drivers working towards getting their
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Smart Drive Test. Thanks very much for watching. Good luck on your road test. And
remember, pick the best answer not necessarily the right answer. Have a
great day. Bye now. OUTRO, BLOOPER, MUSIC, CREDITS] I had a comment from nicholnickel, nikelnichol… I knew I was gonna get that wrong – nikelnichol [LAUGHING] [CREDTIS & MUSIC]

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  1. Idk if you’re gonna see this but i passed on my first try all because of you !! Thanks for this video !

  2. Parallel parking was the hardest for me. I passed my road test yesterday thanks to watching your video. No more ubering around for me!!

  3. Thanks for all the valuable info and help!! I'm helping the neighbor girl drive and get her licence,,,is there still a distance your dupposed to park away from the curb? If so, how do you set up the cones for that? Thanks so much

  4. Really hoping I can pass my road test tomorrow. This is the only part I'm worried about. As for places that I know use cones: Tolar, Texas and Fairbanks, Alaska both use cones if you go through the DMV for your test.

  5. My driver's test is August 9th and I'm still a little anxious on the Parallel park and sometimes my K turn as well. Came across two of your Ppark videos and hoping this gives me more general idea on what I should be looking/doing. Thank you!!

  6. I’m gonna practice this tomorrow in my car, gonna try and redo the test this weekend. Hopefully I pass this time!

  7. This video thankfully was the gateway to pass the parallel parking today! Last night I practiced with my husband but he could not help me or give me tips. I was so desperate and felt I would fail . Then I found this video, and told me husband let me try these tips. It worked! I did it last night eight perfect times. And today in my test I passed 🙂 literally I followed these tips nothing else. I will follow your other videos to advance my driving skills after getting the license. Thank you!

  8. I just want to say thank you very much for being so detailed and elaborate with your instructions on how to do this. It helped me a great deal and helped me get my license. Yay!

  9. Thank you I took my test today . They said I should’ve been closer to the curb but it’s fine because I still passed . Thank you watched this right before I took my test

  10. this is good and all but I have to take it in a minivan and I dont have that little aiming window in the back.

  11. hi when exiting from the paralel parking first left complete steering until the right front cone into the shoulder level(middle of the right side window) and then complete right steering .is it or me pls.

  12. Thank you soooooo much I passed my drivers test today !! I watched this video 10 times last night 😩😩

  13. I watched this several times the week before my test and it helps tremendously! My examiner said that my parallel parking was one of the best he has seen! I passed with over a 90! If you are taking your test, watch this religiously! Thank you for the help!!!

  14. I'm gonna be driving a dodge Dakota xlt. How far should I go before turning to the right? Is it still in the back door window?is it automatic fail if hit the cone ?

  15. This video helped me tremendously and I can quote my examiner “you did it perfectly” but at the moment of going in reverse to get out of the zone the mirror touched one of the cones and then she said “it’s better to loose some points letting the left mirror out of the zone and the wheel over the lane than failing by touching the cone in the right” What that even mean????? The car didn’t fit? Or?? It’s so frustrating because two minutes before when she was reading the instructions she said that not even the mirror should be out of the zone… how I was supposed to know? Is that even right to do? I don’t get it at all

  16. Quick Tip: It’s always REVERSE. (paRallel paRking)

    1st: Put it in REVERSE.
    2nd: Turn the wheel to the RIGHT.

    3rd: Keep it in REVERSE.
    4th: Turn the wheel to LEFT.

  17. I do not understand if I should be riding the brake while doing this or pressing the gas softly. Please advise!!! Test in a few weeks. Thank you

  18. I have been watching your video over and over and started practicing. I used your rules for parallel parking between cones and I passed my road test☺️ Thanks a million 👍

  19. Would these same reference points be the same irrespective of the car? I m driving the latest Chevy Impala and my test is tomorrow

  20. Hello, am having my road test but am a bite confused on the school zone, here it says 30k/h September to June.
    So do I go on 50k/h because this is August?

  21. Just wanted to say thank you Rick. Took my road test today here in the U.S, Pennsylvania to be exact and aced my parallel parking portion with flying colors. I definitely recommend anyone watch Rick's video's if you are in the process of learning anything driving related. Thanks again Rick.

  22. I always do this but my instructor don’t like when I reverse and also turning to left, he wants me to turn full left then reverse

  23. I can never see both the 2 cones in the back when i look into my left side mirror. I only always see 1 cone in the left side mirror.

  24. Watched this video as well as another parallel parking video and practiced this method numerous times before my road skills test, always ended up too far away from the curb so I attempted to correct during my test and hit the curb multiple times. I was failed and not allowed to complete my test. Taking it again in a week. Any tips on spacial awareness for the purposes of a road skill test?

  25. Here in Georgia they only have the short orange cones not the tall ones you used. What do you use for reference if you can never see your cones?

  26. I'm so grateful for all these driving vids on YouTube especially this one.. I passed my road on Friday on my 1st try. Thank you so much.

  27. I took my road test a couple weeks ago and didn't pass . I totally bombed the parallel parking part. Literally the test didn't even last for five minutes before it had ended. Immediately I went home that day after taking it and searched videos about parallel parking, and this was the first one I watched and realized I lined up wrong:p But I went back and took it again last Thursday and passed. This video helped a lot. Got the parallel down easily 👍 Glad I finally accomplished getting the license

  28. A very good demonstration on how to do it! Thanks so much. Toronto Etobicoke has cones for parallel park and it is inside the test center parking. Examiners usually ask for it before you leave the parking.

  29. Nobody is gonna say anything about the cop creeping up to check what's on the go lol

    Haven't driven for almost an year, and have to do another driving test in a different country sometime this month, looking forward to it, hopefully don't mess up. Funnily enough, even after years of driving parralel parking always remained intimidating. With that said, in the real world you don't get that much space, but it being very intimidating the first time and it's just cruel and unfare to make someone squeeze into a small space

  30. I take my road test this Friday 09/20/2019! Wish me the best of luck guys! I’ll be back to tell if I passed or not. 😄

    Edit: I passed guys! 😎 I was sooo nervous but I just remembered to breathe like Rick said. All the of the nerves flowed from my body. I did amazing on the parallel & reverse parking thanks to the videos! I own you guys my gratitude! Thanks! 🤩

  31. OMG This morning I passed my driving road test 9/19/2019. Thank you guys. You’re the best instructor and all the videos made me easy to remember and gave me the best results 🙏🏻🤗

  32. Hi Rick! This video is super helpful, I appreciate the markers you suggested to keep track of where your vehicle is in the process. Just to make sure – you mentioned to straighten the wheels and back up until the front cone is in line with the pillar. What is the pillar of the car? Also is there a way to know that your car is 2 to 3 feet away from the front cones when you first start your parallel park? Thanks in advance! ☺️

  33. I’m taking my test tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous so I’m watching parallel parking videos on a loop.

    Update: I PASSED!!

  34. Thank you for this video! I did exactly as you instructed, and I parallel parked perfectly on my first-ever attempt 🙂 Your whole channel is such a blessing!

  35. GUYS, I had failed my drivers exam the first time due to hitting the curb and rolling it…..I had watched this video maybe 12 x or more, over and over again…..and I passed my test today!!! I followed these steps exactly…..and GO SLOW take your time…, this video was so helpful especially when putting my mind to ease. thank you rick!!!!! I owe it to you, keep making these videos!

  36. Road Test tomorrow…trying not to be nervous…3rd try…lord help me …first try I knocked down the cone coming out…2nd try while scanning and observing the examiner said I kept looking at his paper so he failed me! Then he got fired…so tomorrow I'm praying the universe aligns with the vehicle and I pass.These videos are a Godsent

  37. I have my driver test Tomorrow in Arizona I'm super nervous for this technique! I pray this helps thanks! I will let you know how i did!!!!

  38. Taking my road test tomorrow a bit nervous even though I did practice parallel parking and I hope I will pass!!! I will update how I did

  39. Unfortunately, I failed my first time because I panicked and stopped thinking mid-way during the parallel parking portion. I ended up hitting one of the cones and all of my logic literally went out the window. I've been practicing non-stop the past two weeks and this video just solidified my new confidence. My test is tomorrow and I'm excited to finally be able to drive 🙂

  40. Thanks for this video. My license was revoked like 8 years ago. After thousands of dollars and many hours of driving classes, I had to retake my drivers test this week. I hadnt parallel parked in probably 15-20 years. Thanks to this video I did it perfect and got 100% on the driving test !

  41. Thank you so much. This video was so helpful. I’ve binge watched all of your videos and because of you I passed my road test 1st try today. Your videos are amazing 😉😂

  42. Hello Sir, Today I passed my road test ..A big thank you to you .I watched this video n followed the same technique n I got perfect parallel parking….I am so happy..Ur really a good teacher…

  43. On the first step when you back into the space should back slowly into the space or just let the car coast (100% foot off the brake) Im afraid of backing in to sharp

  44. The place I'm going take my test uses shorter cones with white poles in them. It makes it a little harder to see in my opinion. That and I feel like the space they made is too small, I can barely fit my car.

  45. Today’s date is 11-12-19. I PASSED MY TEST!!! Last night I must’ve watched this video at least 15 times. I parked my parents truck/suv. I can say if you follow these steps like Rick said in the video you’ll do great 👍🏼

  46. I may have failed my drivers test twice because of the parallel parking but this morning I went for my 3rd try and I PASSED MY TEST! I’m officially a licensed driver, the instructor was so awesome and such a nice lady. ❤️ Good luck to everyone on there test! Remember practice makes perfect.

  47. Hi, I am a driving instructor in Missouri. This is a great video. Question for you. The total length between the cones in Missouri according to the DMV website is 25 ft. I teach with a Corolla. So, would 1.5 times the Corolla's length be about 25 ft. I just checked and found my Corolla spans 183 inches long which would be about 15 ft and 3 inches.That being said, 1.5 times that, would be about 22 ft,. That almost exactly tallies with your number. Is my understanding right? The width is about 5.83 ft. So if I understand what you said in your video, i would need to leave an additional foot in each side to place the cones on either side, right?

  48. Thank you so much, Rick, for all of the information you share with us! I didn't begin to drive until I was an adult, so I never had any experience practicing with a driving instructor in high school. You've taught me so many things that no one else has 🙂 In part to you, I took my test today and passed with flying colors. I'll keep on watching your videos as I continue to grow in my skills. Thank you!

  49. Ah. >.< My road test is tommorow! My only issue with Parallel Parking is that I occasionally hit the curb whenever I back up. Any tips to avoid the Curb? Thanks!

  50. I have my drivers test tomorrow and I’m just confused because no matter what procedure I follow I always tap the curb and it just makes me want to give up. I’ve never put the car into straight though, I’ve always went from all the way to the right to all the way to the left.. so maybe that’s the problem?

  51. Thank you, I had to park between cones and your video really helped. Passed my G test on first attempt thanks to your videos.

  52. I am in Washington State. I had been using your method but I realized they require I put my right arm over the back of the seat and turn completely around. For starters I can not physically doing it without my neck and upper back going into spasm. I am not allowed to use the rear view mirrors. I have been trying to accommodate the difference but since I cannot see the back pillions in the rear or left side mirror I am lost. I have my own thoughts about having to look completely backwards and think their method is stupid and dangerous. When I am turned around like that my vision is limited. I cant's see if something is coming from my left front side all the way to my back left side. Because of my progressive lens glasses (tri focals) and the frames my peripheral vision is blocked. I see much less and am in a more dangerous situation. I knew there was a reason I want to move to Canada.

  53. taking my test tomorrow and i think my struggle with parallel parking is that i don’t take my time. i tend to do it in one continuous motion with the cones around the corner from my house and i usually can’t get into the spot. and what i mean by one motion is that i back up into the spot then when i see the 2 cones i straighten the wheel without stopping and taking my time and go to far backing up. any tips?

  54. I have a question. So if you were parking between actual cars you would only reverse until you see the first rear tire right through your blindspot?

  55. Thank you so much! I had my test today at the Etobicoke centre and with a combination of your videos (and I watched about a hundred of them yesterday night) I was able to pass on my first try! I appreciate all the hard work and effort you put into making these videos, and thousands of other people agree with me. You're creating safer streets and for all your help, I cannot thank you enough!

  56. The cones at my dmv are way too short and I can't tell if its at the little triangle on the passenger side of the car. What should I do?

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