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Cooley On Cars
How to parallel park in a tight spotParallel parking remains a cause of shame for a lot of drivers. CNET's Brian Cooley has a simple technique and a couple of technologies to assist you and make it easier.
Numbers -- you might like because it's got lots. They can come and easy to remember it apparently parties books yet. First of all behind your spot the magic number here's why do you need about five feet more in the space -- the -- your card. Compact car like this Mazda is about fifty feet long and about twenty feet of space. Alongside the car -- -- view with about three feet of space in between -- Value -- back -- and -- the most critical area. Until the back of that car. It's lined up with a -- to the bottom of your back -- this'll Harriet bid on cars because they all have different wheelbase. Overhang and seating position this is the keeping you want to learn about your car but it's about a third of overhanging that car. Now let's go all the way pull lock on your we'll -- into the space. You -- 45 degrees in the street to a -- does it. At this point if you're rolling go all the way to -- as a -- In the car should -- right in. Got a backup camera it's certainly helps and ended Q1 forward -- to bring in the -- Senator after today. Figure it. It's a pretty reliable method without having to do a lot of Fuzzy stuff steps -- real clear. Now after all this parking is a skill you may soon barely -- Automatic parking tech has been coming for a while the first system I drove was in -- 2007. Lexus LS this car ballpark itself Alexis park assist. It took care of the hard part steering what you handled the -- Back then it was cover some tentative and you could have made three attempts in the time it took to make one. Last for a few years of the -- system we showed you and a recent car tech -- one. It's still just handle the staring but now did it really quickly and well. But what -- fifteen Ford Focus will also do this trick for perpendicular spaces. And will be able to automatically -- at a parking spot which I didn't realize was difficult. And they have -- mobile -- -- among the companies are moving soon to the ultimate step cars that -- without you even being in them and perhaps even able to drop you off and then go park on their -- one day soon even in spots too narrow for you to open the doors wants the cars there. All these technologies however must be built into a new car so until you're in the market use the steps we -- you.