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How (Not) to Park Saab

Saab 9000 Handbrake Parallel Parking

Parallel parking is often hard and tedious – so if you really really want to show off (and not langa the other cars around your parking spot), we proudly bring you the 180 Degree Handbrake Parallel Parking maneuver.

In practice, this maneuver is not so difficult, but requires a lot of training. In the next video you can see how this maneuver is performed with the rather heavy and long Saab 9000 model:

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Here’s how you can pull it off (remember to get plenty of practice in a deserted carpark or other empty area):

1) Approach the intended parking spot from the opposite direction (that you intend your parked car to face)
2) Once you are a car’s length away, turn the wheel swiftly all the way to the right
3) Simultaneously, release the accelerator, step on the clutch (manual only) and yank the handbrake up
4) If done right, the car should slide diagonally into the car park slot
5) Once the car rear end slides in, quickly turn the wheel in the other direction to counter-steer
6) At the same time, pull down the handbrake, release the clutch and step on the foot brake to stop the car’s movement

Excellent, you are now a bonafide “bengster” who can parallel park in style and at the drop of a hat.

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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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