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Old 09-12-2017, 07:39 PM
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My C3 does not have a passenger side mirror and I do not wish to install one. Any tips would be appreciated.

This C3 is not a DD, its on a once every two week rotation. Just curious if anyone has any simple tips. There are times where I'm 6 inches away but there times where I'm over 12 inches. One time I'm backing into a space, came so close the tire rubbed the curb and I totally freaked out (luckily wheels didn't hit), ever since I try to give more room but end up sticking out too far at times. You probably will ask why park there then? I have no choice, that place I visit only offer street parking.
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My C3 does not have a passenger side mirror and I do not wish to install one. Any tips would be appreciated.

This C3 is not a DD, its on a once every two week rotation. Just curious if anyone has any simple tips. There are times where I'm 6 inches away but there times where I'm over 12 inches. One time I'm backing into a space, came so close the tire rubbed the curb and I totally freaked out (luckily wheels didn't hit), ever since I try to give more room but end up sticking out too far at times. You probably will ask why park there then? I have no choice, that place I visit only offer street parking.
If you're unwilling to install a passenger side mirror, then your options are limited. It'd be possible to install a small backup camera on the passenger side somewhere to give you a view of the curb. If that's too high tech, here's the old school solution.



Although that's tongue in cheek, this is one of those situations where I think you want to have your cake and eat it too. Without using any "parking aid" devices, you're left to do it by feel, as you've been doing. If you can get within a foot, I think that's fine. Otherwise, get ready for the curb rash on your rims.
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Serious answer:

WiFi backup camera that displays on your phone. I don't have any personal experience with this, but it seemed logical, and would be an easily reversible, nearly invisible mod.

Glib answers:
Bring a spotter!
Move to the suburbs!
Valet parking!

I'm sorry I'm too late to suggest curb feelers.
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If you don't have power steering and a lot of confidence in your ability to parallel park....don't do it.

On the other hand, with P/S and an adequately sized parking space, it's not that difficult. The turning radius is smaller than most cars (at least, it used to be!).

You DO need to have a good perception of where the nose really is.

P.S. Curb feelers??? Really??? On a Corvette??? shame....
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This is the old school way I have done it since taking my drivers license test many many years ago (1976), no mirror or backup cameras necessary.

The S Method

Turn on your signal and pull up three feet away from the car you want to park behind. Make sure to align your back tires with the other cars back bumper.
Put your car into reverse and turn your wheels all the way to the right.
Very slowly back up until you are at a 45-degree angle, then stop.
Turn the wheels all the way to the left.
Back up very slowly until you are parallel with the curb.
If done correctly, you should be less then twelve inches from the curb. Practice will improve your judgment.

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...place I visit only offer street parking...
Practice.
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I have no power steering and I have a hard time seeing the nose of my car.

ehh, I find a place I don't have to parallel park.

Usually means a lot of walking, but I need the exercise anyway.
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I would seriously consider a back up camera if you're not willing to mount a passenger mirror. A back up camera can be installed and not permanent, and no permanent mods need to be made to make it work. A few years ago, I drove a delivery box van and parallel parked it countless times a day downtown using the backup camera. It made it easy to do. I could back up that truck so close it seemed like you could only fit a sheet of paper btwn my back bumper and the vehicle behind me. (btw, I made sure to leave the truck that close when some lazy person parked their car in a loading zone in my way, but I wouldn't recommend that you do that in your Vette)
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Thanks for all the suggestion and comments.

hmmmmm . . . . a backup camera that can beam to my iPhone sounds interesting
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Amazing. How did we parallel park before there were back-up cameras?
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Look over your right shoulder.
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a gopro hero 4 camera can feed to your phone with the app, just suction cup it to the passenger door glass and turn it on. don't actually start recording though because the feed goes blank to the app, just have in stand by mode and you will get a live feed.
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Look over your right shoulder.
Exactly what I was thinking. I've never understood the apprehension and issues people have with parallel parking.
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Originally Posted by revitup View Post
Amazing. How did we parallel park before there were back-up cameras?

some need to hold their camera out in front of them to see where they are going
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why not line it up with the car behind you? A c3 is like the same width as a Honda civic


this reliance on backup cameras is retarded. if you seriously cannot parallel park your C3 without backup camera sell it. or maybe the backup camera you buy comes with a nice set of lace panties for you to wear because you clearly aren't a man if you cant parallel park without a camera.
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I love to watch my elderly neighbor "parallel park by braille" on the street in front of her house. She pulls up, and angles her car to a 45 degree angle to the curb, then backs up until she hits the curb with her right rear wheel. At this point she is done, its all good, even though the right front wheel is still 2-3 feet away from the curb and her car is still at a 45 degree angle. It's even better when she pulls out. Her starter engages and she is in gear and rolling before the starter stops; foot on the gas, she drives straight out and does an instant u-turn. Now that's technique.

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Practice w/ cones or something or practice w/ another car that has mirrors / cameras as a backup first.

I can't see the nose end of my vette while parking in the garage so I have this long / thin cardboard box to help from hitting anything. That way I'm hitting the cardboard vs. the snow blower with the bumper. Don't want to mess up my gorgeous paint. Except my 4 y.o. hit the rear bumperette with his powerwheels mini cooper last weekend while I was doing something else and put in 3 hairline cracks on the clear coat and a small chip in the paint. He then proceeded to hit a tree in his escape. I almost cried, seriously. You can only see them from a foot away, but still.
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I can't see the nose end of my vette while parking in the garage so I have this long / thin cardboard box to help from hitting anything.
Tennis ball on a string hanging from the ceiling, when it touches your windshield your parked.
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Why would you parallel park and have someone run over the nose of your car.
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Originally Posted by Reaper19 View Post
This is the old school way I have done it since taking my drivers license test many many years ago (1976), no mirror or backup cameras necessary.

The “S” Method

Turn on your signal and pull up three feet away from the car you want to park behind. Make sure to align your back tires with the other car’s back bumper.
Put your car into reverse and turn your wheels all the way to the right.
Very slowly back up until you are at a 45-degree angle, then stop.
Turn the wheels all the way to the left.
Back up very slowly until you are parallel with the curb.
If done correctly, you should be less then twelve inches from the curb. Practice will improve your judgment.

.....That's how I learned it in Drivers Ed. back in high school (1971) to get my license. That method works with any size car........with practice you can almost do it blindfolded.

P.S. Parallel parking was a required part of the license test back then........fail, and you got no license.

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