2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Parking Practice
January 23, 2014
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