Parallel Parking Advice

When I was in high school, you needed to take Driver’s Ed, as a class, in order to qualify for a drivers license in California. There were usually 2-3 students in a car with the instructor.

As I recall, it was actually worthwhile and I learned what I needed to pass my drivers test on the first try.

One of the trickiest part was parallel parking. It seems easy now, but is intimidating to many people.

Here is an approach that should work for people in most cases.

Line up your front wheels with the rear wheels of the car ahead.

Turn your wheels towards the curb, all the way

Draw an imaginary line, and reverse into it

Draw an imaginary line in your head that connects the outside wheels of both cars. Pretend you see it, stationary on the pavement, as you toss your car in reverse and begin backing up. When your inside rear tire touches it, stop

Straighten out, and keep backing until your outside rear tire hits that line.

Crank your wheel towards the street and keep going until parallel to the curb.

Center your car and your done.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

When I was in high school, they held a car show one year for students cars. I think it was 1960. One of the guys brought his dads car to the show and it was the first time I had ever seen one of these up close.

Years later, a business partner bought the roadster version. What a beast it was.

They are one of my favorite classic cars of all time.

Here is a little information on this wonderful piece of automotive history:

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer and fastest production car of its day. Introduced in 1954 as a two-seat coupé with distinctive gull-wing doors, it was later offered as an open roadster.

Built by Daimler-Benz AG, the direct fuel injected production model was based on the company’s highly successful yet somewhat less powerful carbureted overhead cam straight 6 1952 racer, the W194.

The idea of a toned-down Grand Prix car tailored to affluent performance enthusiasts in the booming post-war American market was suggested by Max Hoffman.[2] Mercedes accepted the gamble and the new 300 SL – 300 for its 3.0 litre engine displacement and SL for Sport Leicht (Sport Light) – was introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show rather than the Frankfurt or Geneva gatherings company models made their usual debuts.

Immediately successful and today iconic, the 300 SL stood alone with its distinctive doors, first-ever production fuel injection, and world’s fastest top speed. The original coupé was available from March 1955 to 1957, the roadster from 1957 to 1963.