Hapless parking video goes viral

Clip from video of woman trying to parallel park.
Clip from video of woman trying to parallel park.

A video of an unfortunate woman trying to park her car in a Belfast street has become an Internet sensation.

It shows a female driver taking about 30 minutes and several attempts to reverse her car into a space between two vehicles on Fitzroy Avenue in the Holyland area.

The hapless attempt at parallel parking was captured on a mobile phone, after a group of students from a nearby house saw the scene unfold.

They uploaded the footage to YouTube, named it The World’s Worst Attempt at Parallel Parking, Enjoy, and it has now been viewed more than 700,000 times.

A blow-by-blow commentary was given by Ciaran Doherty and Ciaran Shannon and their friends, which undoubtedly helped the footage go viral.

Ciaran told the BBC: “One of the boys in the house was looking out the window having a wee bit of fresh air and saw it. The next thing we were all at the window and looking out.

“We as human beings are not genetically programmed to go backwards, so reversing in general is really quite difficult when you’re learning to drive,” says Kevin Delaney, head of road safety at the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

His first tip is to pull up alongside the space to make sure it’s big enough, then line up the back of your car with the back of the car in front of your space.

“We were looking at it for a good 15 minutes before we started videoing it. I offered to park the car for her. I can’t believe she couldn’t get it in. It could easily have fitted a big people carrier in that space.”

The students’ comments on the video include: “What is she doing, like?” and “this has been going on for 20 minutes”.

They cheer when the woman appears to be mastering the task in hand, shouting such encouragement as “go on get her in, go on ye girl ye”. (BBC)

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