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Safe parking is the result of skill, developed and practiced like any other.

Yes, a great deal of luck is very helpful. But I'm sure you know the old saying: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

What follows on the next few pages may seem like a lot of work. But with a little practice, you'll be able to make a good parking decision in a few seconds. My guess is that you probably use some of these techniques already. Hopefully you'll pick up a new tidbit or two. Or perhaps share one of your own.

Let's get started.

There are two major steps to parking strategy: selection and position.

Selection: The first (and most important) step of good parking is to understand that not all parking spaces are created equal. Choose wisely.

But choosing what appears to be a good space is not enough. Neither is simply parking in a secluded spot away from the crowd.

Position: The second (and often overlooked) step is that by planning how your vehicle is situated in ANY space you choose, you can greatly decrease the chances of a careless ding.

There are, of course, other factors and strategies which we'll cover on later pages.


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