On The Road: Parking Right
Kelvin Stokes is Modo’s Director of Fleet Operations and calling him a car enthusiast is an understatement. Whether he’s crafting solar battery chargers or scouting the newest models and features for our fleet, he’s our expert when it comes to Modo’s fleet and spends most of his day on the road. Who could be a better person to share expert tips on parking in the city?
6 Parking Tips by Kelvin Stokes
- Tilt the passenger side mirror down when parallel parking, so you can see the curb.
- Park near the curb, but leave about 20cm between the car and the curb – if the street is not too narrow! Bonking the wheel into the curb can throw the alignment of the car off and damages the wheel and sidewall of the tire – which can cost us quite a lot of money in repairs.
- Not sure how much space you’ve got behind you while reverse parking? Make sure you have no cars approaching on the left, then shift the car into park, open the driver’s side door and pop your head out to take a look.
- Parking is never a race. Take it slow, check all of your corners and all of your mirrors and only move the car around if you’re absolutely certain that the car will fit into wherever you’re trying to go, the way you have the car oriented.
- Use your mirrors! Especially in parkades with pillars that you might not notice if you’re only using the rear window.
- Do a 360-degree check before getting into the car to look for corners or edges you might catch on the front bumper when backing out.