I'm sure this question has been asked multiple times. I'm very concerned about this because i have 2 lessons left. Ghe instructor and I didn't even touch pre trip and I'm having trouble with offset and parallel park. Any tips?
Offset was my easiest. When I pulled up I got the wheels rolling then put one turn in and got it lined up and then stopped and looked at all my mirrors and then adjusted accordingly. When you turn the wheel to make a move stop. Then see what that did. You don't get dinged for stopping.
I went to the Swift Academy. They had this set of steps you were supposed to follow to do the offset back. I kept having a hard time with it, but the maneuver itself reminded me of backing up boat trailers, which I did alot as a teen. One day I told my instructor and asked him if I could try it "my way" once. He said go for it. I did it, nailed the box square, in the center, and didn't have to do a single pull up. Needless to say, never had to follow their steps again and never had problems with the offset back again. I did need a pull up on occasion, but never struggled with it again.
Now, the parallel park was a different story. I did manage to pass my test on the maneuver the first time. But, I was never really proficient with it at training.
IDK. If you have any past experience backing any kind of trailer, it might help.
And, understand, EVERYBODY struggles with the manuevers during training and I don't think I know anyone who thought they were comfortably proficient with them before they tested.
One thing that helped me was allowing myself to suck at those maneuvers and not getting too upset with myself. I put a ton of pressure on myself to be perfect immediately. One day one the instructors pulled me aside and told me to lighten up on myself. My frustration with myself was keeping me from getting better. Once I lightened up on me a bit, I was able to start to get things. But, I did suck at alot of the maneuvering we have to do in the beginning. Not just during training, but once out on the road as a newb. Just know that with practice, it gets easier and DON'T HIT ANYTHING in the interm!!