How do I develop spatial awareness for my car?
May 2, 2011 9:50 AM Subscribe
I'm learning to drive and I need your tips on sensing car position.
posted by mossicle to travel & transportation (23 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
So I'm learning to drive (finally!), and it's surprisingly fun so far! My biggest problem is that I have a poor sense of where the boundaries of my car are relative to other objects. I'm okay staying within lanes on the road, but when it comes to parking I always end up quite lopsided. I never quite know when to start turning into the parking stall, and when I'm backing out I also get nervous about turning too early and scraping an adjacent car.
On the road, someone told me that if I keep the lower edge of the driver's side window aligned with the left-hand road markings, that should keep me in good lane positioning. Does anyone else have similar tips for knowing where the front/back/passenger side of the car is in relation to outside objects? Or for getting a better feel of the car's dimensions? Your help is much appreciated!