2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Parking Practice

January 23, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

I'm a life-long small-car person. Even when I've bought bigger cars, such as the Acura TL and the BMW 328i, they tended to be smaller big cars. So when I clambered into our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which I signed out for a specific weekend hauling project, I figured its size was going to pose some challenges.

But not in driving. The driving experience is pretty nice. Or even parallel parking (although I haven't tried any black-diamond parking spots yet). I am finding, though, that head-in parking is a bit of a challenge.

The Silverado's hood is wide and long and that affects my feel for where I am relative to the width of the stall. Plus, I don't yet have the feel of where to start a turn. I amused a friend to no end as I tried to park in front of her optometrist's office. She counted the forwards and backs, and I refuse to tell you the number. Suffice to say this is the best I could do without turning the exercise into a complete circus.

Mock me if you will (and I know you will), but getting the hang of parking is going to take me some time. Got any hints for the trucking newbie?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @14,099 miles

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By fordson1
on 01/23/14
11:48 AM PST

In front of her OPTOMETRIST'S office? Beautiful - they're probably used to it. When I see people do the back-and-forth like this, I wait until they're "done" and get out of the car...then do the slow clap. Advice? Stick to small cars and leave the larger vehicles to those with a better visual grasp of spatial relationships.

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