I have a confession to make. I am the world’s worst parker!! I’m not just talking about parallel parking but parking in general. 


There have been all kinds of studies as to whether one’s ability to park is due to one’s gender. It has long been said that men have more spatial aptitude than women. When it comes to parallel parking men are generally able to complete the task more quickly but women tend to follow the rules more closely, for example they will check their rearview mirror more often. In my case, I don’t know if it’s a gender thing or not but I am the worst.


It doesn’t help that I drive a rather large vehicle. When I first bought my van I thought I’d never be able to park anywhere. How would I ever be able to fit into a parking spot at the grocery store or at the mall? I could only park where there were several spots side by side. I have improved greatly with time but there are still so many things about parking that really cause me trouble.


First of all, I can never tell how close I am to a vehicle on the passenger side. When I am parking between 2 cars I often have to ask the person with me for help. They always tell me I have a good three feet or so of space but I can’t tell from where I’m sitting. Only when I am actually in the spot do I see that there is a huge amount of space between me and the vehicle on my right.


When I am backing out of a spot I have real trouble as well. I can’t tell how close I am to the car behind me. And when I pull forward and begin to turn I can’t tell how close I am to the vehicle in front. So many times I have had to get out of my car to check the distance.


It’s very frustrating but there really isn’t much I can do about it. Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, when it comes to parking, if you’ve got it you’ve got it, and if you don’t then you don’t. And I don’t have it! But there is an up side. At least I will never be over confident. I realize my shortcomings so I always err on the side of caution. This will likely help me avoid ever hitting or scraping another vehicle.