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# Today I learned: Formula for minimum length space to parallel park

Requires turning radius and a couple of other measurements based on your car and car in front. Don't own a car but working on this formula for my parents' car.

http://jalopnik.com/5455423/formula-for-perfect-parallel-parking-is-bigger-than-the-spot

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I'll just add to that that I hope most of you with normal sized cars come up with a number less than 22' ... because here in OC that is the number to which we design parallel parking spaces.   (by 8' wide)

22? Pfffft. I've parallel parked small to mid size cars with 3 feet extra maybe less. What's a little less than a midsize? 14 feet?
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Originally Posted by nevets88

22? Pfffft. I've parallel parked small to mid size cars with 3 feet extra maybe less. What's a little less than a midsize? 14 feet?

Whatever, nobody can beat this:  I once parallel parked a rental (or borrowed car, I don't remember anymore) STICK SHIFT into a really narrow space (a few feet on either side when all said and done) right here:

For whatever reason, it's not letting me upload the photo.  :( ... it was in San Francisco, on 20th street, just west of Mission ... very steep hill!!!

Definitely the highlight of my parking "career."

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Originally Posted by Golfingdad

Whatever, nobody can beat this:  I once parallel parked a rental (or borrowed car, I don't remember anymore) STICK SHIFT into a really narrow space (a few feet on either side when all said and done) right here:

For whatever reason, it's not letting me upload the photo.  :( ... it was in San Francisco, on 20th street, just west of Mission ... very steep hill!!!

Definitely the highlight of my parking "career."
Pffft. Parking a rental car is a piece of cake! Slam,bang, bang, slam and yer in!
I used to have to park my first car, in downtown Troy, NY, with no reverse.

My transmission was wrecked (1979 Porsche 924) so I would have to find an uphill spot and parallel park by using gravity as my reverse.
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