East County Softball is located 0.4 mi from Montgomery Middle School via Melody Ln.
Learning Parking at East County Softball
As a component of learning how to drive manual, you need to get the knack of the two most difficult ways to park - backing up the vehicle in a parking space and parallel parking on a manual vehicle. The first one specified is what we term "back-in parking". You can do this by first moving forward roughly an entire vehicle's length ahead of the parking spot, and putting on your blinker and being sure there aren't cars or pedestrians you might run into. When the coast is clear, step on the clutch pedal and move the driving stick in reverse gear. Ensure you push the clutch all the way down until you start backing up the car. Now, push down on the brakes and clutch pedal, pressing them completely. Then, carefully release the clutch until you hit the friction point - which includes a list up on the rear of the car and changes to the noises from the engine. Afterwards, move your foot off from the brake and take command of the clutch and brake pedals to back the car in little by little. Take care not to go over a few MPH as you do this. On your first handful tries, you might not like where the manual car ends up on the parking area, so feel free to do some slight adjustments, inching in and out up till you're happy with how you're parked. We've got that taken care of, so now we'll find out how to safely drive a stick shift vehicle in parallel parking. For your and other drivers' benefit, put on your right turn signal. Then, pull up to a few feet from the parking area you selected, turning up head to head with the car in front of it. Exercise your safety driving skills and check your surroundings, pivoting your head around and taking a look at your rear camera and side view and rear view mirrors. To begin, press on the brake and clutch pedals, keeping them on the floor. Then, have the tires on right with the steering wheel. After that, you can bring your foot off of the clutch pedal up until you get to the friction point. You'll know that the clutch has released when you feel the rear of the car raise and hear the noise of the engine switching. Once you're there, pull up your right foot from the brake pedal to get the wheels on your manual vehicle moving. Keep your feet on the brake and clutch, diligently operating them with your feet to retain a stable but sure movement with the car. Keep an eye on your mirrors, and when your rear bumper is a couple feet behind the bumper of the vehicle next to you, steer your wheels to the left with the steering wheel. Then, when you see the rear bumper on your right closing in around 2-3 feet from the curb, turn your steering wheel fully to the right this time. Now, keeping up the manual car's same steady pace, repeat your clutch control motions and press off and on the clutch and brake pedals until you have the stick shift vehicle successfully parked.