Vauxhall Teams Up with Red Driving School to Combat Parallel Parking Panic

In a year that marks the 80th anniversary of the UK driving test, the new Vauxhall Corsa is set to alleviate learner drivers’ biggest test day dread, the parallel park, with a state of the art reserve park assist function.

Following research conducted by car buying experts Zuto, data revealed the most feared manoeuvre on test day is a reverse parallel park. The exercise came out on top after beating reversing around a corner and hill starts as the most feared skill.

In partnership with RED Driving School, Vauxhall has created a short video, which features a RED Driving School instructor and pupil on their first lesson, with the pupil, despite struggling with the basics, mastering his parallel park – in fact doing so with more panache than expected!

Paul Adler, Vauxhall’s Fleet Marketing Manager said, “RED is a long-standing and loyal customer of Vauxhall with thousands of Corsas ordered from us over many years. The video we’ve made in partnership with RED is a fun way of highlighting the new Park Assist Function available on Corsa, one of the most popular cars with new and learner drivers.”

Ian McIntosh, Chief Executive of RED Driving School said, “While the parallel park can be one of the more challenging elements of the driving test, it’s vital learners are confident with it – both in the test and when they take to the roads themselves. The video we’ve made with Vauxhall is designed to be humorous and look at something which is perceived as quite scary and difficult in a funny way, but there’s a very real message there too – parallel parking is an important skill.”

About Park Assist

Vauxhall’s clever Advanced Park Assist identifies suitable parking spaces and automatically parks the vehicle, without the driver touching the wheel. The ultrasonic sensor-based system measures parallel or perpendicular parking spots, calculates the vehicle’s trajectory and automatically steers the Corsa into a space. The driver just controls acceleration, deceleration and gear shifting.

The sensors have a range of three metres to the left and right of the car, enabling them to detect objects or other vehicles in the driver’s blind spot. Whenever another vehicle comes within range of the sensors, a warning LED illuminates in the relevant exterior door mirror. The optional combined pack, comprising the up-level functionalities of Park Assist and Side Blind Spot Alert, is available for £495.