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## Odd Enough Scientists used math to determine the perfect way to parallel park

The numbers are pretty complicated, but they did help us outline the mathematically perfect way to parallel park.

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### Your go-to spot out by the dumpsters is a thing of the past

If you’re like us, parallel parking is the portion of the driver’s test that you practiced just enough to pass and then never used again.

It’s just way easier to pick a spot way out at the end of the lot and pull through, you know?

Well, researchers at the University of London wanted to quite literally solve the problem of parallel parking, so they devised a formula to work out how much extra space you need to pull of the maneuver.

The numbers are pretty complicated, but they did help us outline the mathematically perfect way to parallel park. Here’s the recipe:

1. Pull alongside the car ahead of the spot you want and align your rear tires with that car’s bumper.

2. Turn your wheel toward the curb as far as it will go.

3. Back up until the center of your inside rear tire aligns with the street side edge of that forward car. Straighten the wheel and keep backing up.

4. When your outside tire aligns with that same edge, turn your wheel out toward the street and keep reversing.

Boom. Parallel parking in one move. Was this worth the money and effort of researchers and mathematicians?

Considering our track record of wussing out and opting for the open spaces out near the telephone lines (and just being bad at parallel parking in general), maybe not.

On the other hand, if this formula gives us a shorter walk when we go to pick up our chicken wings from the dive down the street, it’s hard to argue that these people haven’t made the world a better place.

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