how do you park a car with a crap turning circle?

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Found 28th Feb 2010
got my new car yesterday and i cant park in a bay to save my life. it cant be me as when learning i can park spot on. my car has a wide turning circle so any advice would be well appreciated. i know im going to get laughed out the car park at work, either that or dent someones car, and im dreading going to asda on tuesday! aarrghhhh
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snowflake;7982138

Can you get your driving instructor to take you out for a lesson in your … Can you get your driving instructor to take you out for a lesson in your car just to go over parking it? It may be worth it just to stop the scuffs on the alloys ;-) Failing that your brother? as he obviously knows the car?



i have a pass plus lesson tomorrow, but going to use the instructors car to save my fuel

may ask him if i could maybe set aside a bit time to go out in mine and do some parking? as we are missing a bit of the pass plus out as ive done loads of driving in the dark, could use this time to do some parking maybe?
http://www.pollsb.com/photos/o/27120-bumper_cars.jpg
how has your car got a crap turning circle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cross your arms;-)
maybe you just need time to get used to it? We went from a golf to a mazda5(people carrier size) and even though my husband has a hgv licence this one still catches him out!
or get there earl and find a easy space?
whats a turning circle

(av got an old 51plate car)
test drive your car b4 u buy it

lol wut
when i first passed my test nearly 2years ago i was rubbish at parking and when ever i had to park in a carpark like asda i would always drive to a part with hardly any cars so i could easily get in lol now im not so bad but still dont like trying to get between to cars.
snowflake;7982288

lol wut, can just see it, perfect car but 'oops can't turn it quickly … lol wut, can just see it, perfect car but 'oops can't turn it quickly enough, nah i'll leave it' lol, do you drive? :?



dont have a license but have had lessons.

Plenty of cars out there not always one 'perfect' car
Original Poster
bossyboots;7982227

whats a turning circle(av got an old 51plate car)



god im no good at explaining things. when you turn your wheel to full lock but the car doesnt turn sharply. you know what i mean
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donna-lou;7982303

god im no good at explaining things. when you turn your wheel to full … god im no good at explaining things. when you turn your wheel to full lock but the car doesnt turn sharply. you know what i mean



Power steering?
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snowflake;7982268

Yep, ask him, for sure, my first car was an mx3, good back in the day and … Yep, ask him, for sure, my first car was an mx3, good back in the day and span on a sixpence it was amazing turning, but my next car needed like a 7 point turn in comparison, it does just take time to get used to the car, but if you have some pass plus lessons why take them in his car, ask to take them in yours, its not worth the petrol for the comparison of what you will gain. :thumbsup:



well im doing motorways tomorrow, think id prefer his car for that haha. will ask him about giving me some help in parking and see what he says though :-D
donna-lou;7982303

god im no good at explaining things. when you turn your wheel to full … god im no good at explaining things. when you turn your wheel to full lock but the car doesnt turn sharply. you know what i mean


Its the smallest circle that your car can turn in..

im dreading going to asda on tuesday! aarrghhhh



Just make sure the gaps wide enough!

http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/6458/niceparking.jpg
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cuzzy;7982347

Just make sure the gaps wide enough!



haha! that will be me :w00t:
The turning radius or turning circle of a vehicle is the size of the smallest circular turn (ie. U-turn) that the vehicle is capable of making

some cars can do a U turn more sharply than other, even if a car has power steering it can still have a poor turning circle which means it will take more space to turn or you might have to reverse it first before you can carry on
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numptyj;7982302

dont have a license but have had lessons.Plenty of cars out there not … dont have a license but have had lessons.Plenty of cars out there not always one 'perfect' car



for me there was one perfect car. ive wanted a fez st for over a year and wouldnt settle for anything less :thumbsup:
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snowflake;7982348

no, she means more the turning circle, full lock, so she has maybe more … no, she means more the turning circle, full lock, so she has maybe more of a 5 point turn when other cars can do the same in three...you know what i mean tho lol



Oh a ten point turn :lol:
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numptyj;7982367

The turning radius or turning circle of a vehicle is the size of the … The turning radius or turning circle of a vehicle is the size of the smallest circular turn (ie. U-turn) that the vehicle is capable of makingsome cars can do a U turn more sharply than other, even if a car has power steering it can still have a poor turning circle which means it will take more space to turn or you might have to reverse it first before you can carry on



:thumbsup:

better than my explanation
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snowflake;7982370

I think what you need to practice is doing your full lock on much quicker … I think what you need to practice is doing your full lock on much quicker in your own car, you will get there hun, honest.:)



yeah. im just worried i'll clip another car if i turn earlier. i did try it once earlier in an empty car park but the car hadnt turned enough to straighten up by the time i got to the end of the bay, and i wasnt in the lines haha it was a right mess
It's only a little Fiesta ...........and you can't park it ???......:-D

You def need more lessons .........:roll:
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Mecoconuts;7982437

It's only a little Fiesta ...........and you can't park it … It's only a little Fiesta ...........and you can't park it ???......:-DYou def need more lessons .........:roll:



i learnt in a fiesta zetec s and could park it no problems, bay park was one of my manoveurs in my test :thumbsup:
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snowflake;7982424

Lol you really that bad lol :oops:



Sometimes, I am a woman :giggle:
donna-lou;7982475

nope i could park my instructors car perfectly. when your old enough to … nope i could park my instructors car perfectly. when your old enough to drive a car and know what you mean then come back and blame me



[COLOR="Red"]I passed my test within 2 months of my 17th birthday.

HTH.

Passed first time as well.

MAAAAD SKILLZ[/COLOR]
Original Poster
snowflake;7982477

The only reason you'd do that is clutch control, too quick and nervous … The only reason you'd do that is clutch control, too quick and nervous still by the sound of it, go out in the evening to an empty car park and practice but forget the instructors car, thats crazy, go out in your car and stop being afraid of doing that, he/she wont mind at all, believe me there is no point at all going in his! You still need those extra lessons but you need them in your car or you are going to bump something at this rate! You don't have the confidence and i think that's your problem hun. :oops:



hmm ok may go in mine then. its gonna be a case of trial and error in an empty car park.
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The JFK;7982488

[COLOR="Red"]I passed my test within 2 months of my 17th … [COLOR="Red"]I passed my test within 2 months of my 17th birthday.HTH.Passed first time as well.MAAAAD SKILLZ[/COLOR]



supposedly.

pic of you in your car and we may start to believe you, and photoshop doesnt count :thumbsup:
donna-lou;7982508

hmm ok may go in mine then. its gonna be a case of trial and error in an … hmm ok may go in mine then. its gonna be a case of trial and error in an empty car park.



I think it is harder to park in an empty space than it is when there are cars either side as it is difficult to tell where the lines are.
Original Poster
snowflake;7982533

No 'may' about it, just do it! It's your car! that's the one you need … No 'may' about it, just do it! It's your car! that's the one you need help with and you're paying for it fgs! just do it, and believe me it'll all be fine in no time and you will wonder why you worried so much! ;-)



right right haha! ok i'll do it!
I always fine reversing into spaces far easier the going in forwards.. give it a go :thumbsup:
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StudentJo;7982542

I think it is harder to park in an empty space than it is when there are … I think it is harder to park in an empty space than it is when there are cars either side as it is difficult to tell where the lines are.



yeah it is, but i dont run the risk of bumping something if i practice in empty car park til i feel comfortable
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Captain Hook;7982553

I always fine reversing into spaces far easier the going in forwards.. … I always fine reversing into spaces far easier the going in forwards.. give it a go :thumbsup:



i did, still not helping lol
donna-lou;7982535

supposedly.pic of you in your car and we may start to believe you, and … supposedly.pic of you in your car and we may start to believe you, and photoshop doesnt count :thumbsup:


[COLOR="Red"]
I've posted pics of my Vantage on here several times.

It's a well know HUKD's fact that I have a Vantage.[/COLOR]
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ok, its like this

you go close to the side before you turn in, you turn in LATE, you dont expect to go in in one go, then reverse on the opposite lock, then forward and reverse lock again, and you will be lined up
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The JFK;7982581

[COLOR="Red"]I've posted pics of my Vantage on here several times.It's a … [COLOR="Red"]I've posted pics of my Vantage on here several times.It's a well know HUKD's fact that I have a Vantage.[/COLOR]



could be anyones. its a well known fact youre a liar, but thats a different story and not one i will be going over :w00t:
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jubbyme;7982600

ok, its like thisyou go close to the side before you turn in, you turn in … ok, its like thisyou go close to the side before you turn in, you turn in LATE, you dont expect to go in in one go, then reverse on the opposite lock, then forward and reverse lock again, and you will be lined up



i tried that, or something similar lol
The JFK;7982581

[COLOR="Red"]I've posted pics of my Vantage on here several times.It's a … [COLOR="Red"]I've posted pics of my Vantage on here several times.It's a well know HUKD's fact that I have a Vantage.[/COLOR]



snowflake;7982637

No, JFK you DONT, you are LYING, telling FIBS, PORKIES, now run back to … No, JFK you DONT, you are LYING, telling FIBS, PORKIES, now run back to your matchbox cars and try and park them, silly boy.



donna-lou;7982649

could be anyones. its a well known fact youre a liar, but thats a … could be anyones. its a well known fact youre a liar, but thats a different story and not one i will be going over :w00t:



him posting pics with his username proved it

JFK ballin' alie
Original Poster
snowflake;7982654

http://www.2passforum.co.uk/ loads of advice on this forum donna



oooh will have a nosey. cheers :thumbsup:
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numptyj;7982670

him posting pics with his username proved itJFK ballin' alie



oh yeah! hes good with photoshop isnt he!
Wow....did a little searching and you've bought the worst car ever for parking .....:-D

11.4m is ridiculous for a car that size ....:-D

You could change your front tyres for normal tyres instead of wide alloys that don't appear to be designed for the car ....:roll:.....it would knock more than 2m off the turning circle ...
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Mecoconuts;7982729

Wow....did a little searching and you've bought the worst car ever for … Wow....did a little searching and you've bought the worst car ever for parking .....:-D11.4m is ridiculous for a car that size ....:-DYou could change your front tyres for normal tyres instead of wide alloys that don't appear to be designed for the car ....:roll:.....it would knock more than 2m off the turning circle ...



im pleased youve said about the turning circle so everyone knows its not me haha. now to solve the problem of parking the thing lol. im not changing the alloys theyre th st ones
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