A Chinese driver squeaked into the world record books by earning the title of tightest parallel parking job last week. Han Yue beat the record as part of the "China Drift Championship" held at Chongquing Olympic Park. Yue squeezed his Mini 3 Door hatchback into a parking spot with only 8 centimeters of space, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Han parked his car in a space 0.6 centimeters smaller than the previous record set in 2013 by British driver Alastair Moffatt. Before Moffatt, Yue held the record for parking in a 15 centimeters space. To wrap up the day, Yue helped his friend Zhang Shengjun take home the world record for most donuts around a car driving on two wheels in one minute.
You probably won't break any records, but parallel parking doesn't have to be a daunting task. Here are a few tips on how to execute the perfect parallel parking job in 30 minutes or less.
1. Line your side mirror up with the car that is in the space ahead of where you want to park
2. Throw it into reverse, immediately start turning your wheel hard in the direction you need to go
3. When your front wheel is lined up roughly with the other car's rear wheel start turning the steering wheel hard in the opposite direction
4. Make any adjustments necessary, scoot up or move back.