Your go-to spot out by the dumpsters is a thing of the past

If you’re like us, parallel parking is the portion of the driver’s test that you practiced just enough to pass and then never used again.

It’s just way easier to pick a spot way out at the end of the lot and pull through, you know?

Well, researchers at the University of London wanted to quite literally solve the problem of parallel parking, so they devised a formula to work out how much extra space you need to pull of the maneuver.

The numbers are pretty complicated, but they did help us outline the mathematically perfect way to parallel park. Here’s the recipe:

Boom. Parallel parking in one move. Was this worth the money and effort of researchers and mathematicians?

Considering our track record of wussing out and opting for the open spaces out near the telephone lines (and just being bad at parallel parking in general), maybe not.

On the other hand, if this formula gives us a shorter walk when we go to pick up our chicken wings from the dive down the street, it’s hard to argue that these people haven’t made the world a better place.