How To Park A Car. Laws On Parking Night and Day
It is always best, and safest, to park your car off the road or in a car park. If you have to park on the road, use your common sense and choose a safe place. Ask the questions:
- Is it safe?
- Is it convenient?
- Is it legal?
Road Signs and Markings
Road signs and markings will help you decide when and where you can park your car.
You must not park on:
- yellow lines during times of operation shown on nearby time plates
- double yellow lines
- the approach to pedestrian crossings
- school entrances
- within 10 metres of a junction
- bus stops, tram stops or taxi ranks
- the carriageway or hard shoulder of a motorway — unless in an emergency
- a cycle track or lane
- a bend
- in front of an entrance to a property
- where the curb has been lowered to help wheelchair users
- in any other restricted place.
Using hazard warning lights while parking or stopping in a no parking or restricted zone will not elevate you above the law.
Entrance into a controlled parking zone
End of controlled parking zone
Parking place for solo motorcyclists
Parking restricted to permit holders
School Entrance. No parking or waiting
A double yellow line indicates no waiting or parking at anytime.
A single yellow indicates no waiting or parking during times shown.
The times shown will be on a sign near-by.
Bus stop. You must not park or stop at a bus stop.
Keep clear — do not block this part of the road.
Loading bay — keep clear.
Parking space reserved for vehicles named.
Waiting or parking is limited to the duration specified during the days and times shown.
When Parking On The Road
- always use the MSM/PSL routine. If necessary you must signal
- take some time to plan your parking manoeuvre
- manoeuvre your car slowly
- avoid touching the kerb with your tyres, as this can weaken them and cause possible faults
- leave enough room between vehicles, giving you and other drivers enough room to exit your cars
- always try and park on the left-hand side of the road
- look out for other road users before opening your door.
Parking On Hills
When you park facing uphill:
- park your car as close to the nearside kerb as you can (if there is one)
- leave your steering wheel turned to the right, so if the car rolls backwards, the front wheels will be stopped by the kerb
- if there is no kerb, leave your steering wheel turned to the left, so if your car rolls back it won’t roll into the road
- leave the car in first gear
- apply the parking brake firmly.
When you park facing downhill:
- leave the steering wheel turned to the left, so the kerb will stop ant forward movement
- leave your car in reverse gear
- apply the parking brake firmly.
Parking A Car At Night
At night, you can park your car without lights on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. Of course, you must comply with any local parking restrictions, and you must not park within 10 metres of a junction.
You must also park parallel to, and close to, the side of the road or in a designated place and facing in the direction of the traffic flow.
If you have to park on any other road, you should:
- park on the left-hand side of the road
- leave your side or parking lights on — unless a sign indicates that you shouldn’t.
You must also never:
- leave your car parked on the right-hand side of the road (facing against the flow of traffic), except when parking in a one-way street.
Remember — it is always better to park your car away from such a road.
- switch off your engine
- apply the parking brake
Whenever you park at night, never leave your headlights on. In fact, even if your pull over and stop for a short while, you should turn your headlights off. It is an offence to leave them on as they can cause dazzle to on-coming drivers.
How To Parallel Park A Car
Parallel parking is always a coup de grace for drivers who are taking their test. It is not hard at all to parallel park a car as long as you have caught the skills during the training. For beginners who have just started to learn parallel parking, it is recommended to learn it at a quiet place or places with the least traffic possible. This is to avoid distraction and also to reduce the driver’s stress. Learn how to parallel park here with six easy steps.
Step 1: Approaching a parking lot
When you are approaching a parking lot or a space, check the rear view mirror, side mirror, and blind spots. Make sure there is no vehicles following you too close. Give signal towards the parking lot as you approach it.
Step 2: Measure the space
You will need to make sure the space is adequate for your car as you approach it. Slow down the car beside the parking lot and see if there is an adequate amount of space for your car. A parking lot that has at least four to six feet longer than your car is recommended for beginners. Look for a bigger parking lot if you feel the space is too small or uncomfortable to park the car.
Step 3: Line up your car
With the signal light on, parallel your car next to the parked vehicle in front of your desired parking lot. Keep a distance of two feet from the parked vehicle. If the parking lot is tight, you may need to keep a distance of less than two feet. Do not get too close to it otherwise you may hit it when you’re maneuvering your car. The easiest way to parallel your car with the parked vehicle is either align your rear bumper with the vehicle’s rear bumper or align your rear wheel next to the parked vehicle’s rear wheel.
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Step 4: Reverse
Double check all the mirrors to make sure there is nothing behind you but a space to park the car. Imagine you are going to maneuver your car in an S-shape. Put your car in reverse gear and turn the steering wheel hard towards the curb to execute the first part of the “S”. Reverse it slowly and do not step too hard on the accelerator. Go slow and steady.
Step 5: Last part of S-turn
Turn the steering wheel hard to the other side (opposing the curb) and pull in once:
A: Your front seat is in line with the parked vehicle’s rear bumper.
B: Your left rear corner is in line with the left front corner of the vehicle behind (if you are parallel parking to your right) or your right rear corner is in line with the right front corner of the vehicle behind (if you are parallel parking to your left)
C: You see the front corner of the parked vehicle behind you from your side mirror.
If your rear tire or rear bumper hit the curb, it means you turn the steering wheel at the wrong timing or you did not turn the steering wheel hard enough. Use your mirrors to check the car position and also check around to make sure it is clear. Continue reversing the car until it is fully parked into the space. Make sure you do not hit the bumper of the car behind you.
Example of bad parallel park
Step 6: Align the car
Turn the steering wheel to the center once you have parked into the space. If your rear bumper is too close to the front bumper of the car behind, pull your car forward a little bit to the center of the parking lot. Do not cross the parking lot lines. Compare your right front bumper with the right rear bumper of the vehicle in front. If they are parallel, you have successfully parallel parked your car. Sometimes, both of the parked vehicles (front and back) could be in a bad position. Check if your car stays around 6 to 12 inches away from the curb. You may not be able to open your car door if it is too close as the door may hit the curb. You may risk having someone kill your side mirror if you park the car too far from the curb.
Tips for parallel parking:
- You will need to see the type of the vehicle parked in front of your desired parking space when you line up your car. If it is a vehicle with super long trunk like the classic Chevrolet Impala, it will be better to align your car with the bumper.
- If there are any vehicles coming from behind when you’re approaching a parking space, give signal to the driver and let them pass if necessary.
- Never use the front to go in first.
- When you are approaching a space, check and see if any of the cars at the front and at the back is leaving or any drivers is sitting inside the car. If there is, let them leave first.
- You can always move your car back into the starting position if things are not according to what you have planned.
- Use student driver magnets or L (Learning) license plate to notify other drivers while you are learning how to parallel park a car.
- If your car is parked too far away from the curb once you completed all the steps, it could mean you pull your car too far from the parked vehicle when you parallel your car with it in Step 1.
Key to remember
1. Measure the space
2. Parallel your car with the parked vehicle
3. Turn the steering wheel away from curb when front seat (the rear of the front door) is IN LINE with parked vehicle’s rear bumper.
Click here to see the video of how to parallel park.
HOW TO PARK A CAR Between Two Cars! Learn This With A SWEET AND CHARMING EXPLANATION Using Simple Animation!
You know we are very committed to all our fans and always love to share valuable information on all sorts of vehicles, cool hacks and tricks that could make your everyday life much easier, as well as useful tips how to maintain care of your ride. Here is another educational video to boost your gearhead’s day and fill it with automotive knowledge and fun. Today we decided to give you a few pointers on how to park a car between two vehicles. With this lovely video you will see a very simple and comprehensive demonstration how to do this.
Of course, at any driving school they will teach you how to park, because this skill is one of the obligatory practical examinations at the time. However, in order to completely overcome the uncertainty of “parking”, you will definitely need some driving experience, patience and to be addictive to certain rules – especially when you reverse park (including parallel parking).
Parallel parking creates a big problem for many drivers, even those with much experience, and for the beginners this could really mean a true agony. Such is the case especially when you need to park in rush hour traffic, so everything must be done very quickly and accurately so as not to exasperate other drivers. Parallel parking is essentially simple – you need to turn the steering wheel only two or three times, but this usually is possible only for experienced drivers. Therefore, we repeat – practice when you have the time and when you do not disturb other drivers.
If up until now you did not know how to do this, or you know someone who does not know, this video could teach you how to park your car sideways. With only few simple steps even those among you who are feared the most, will get rid of their fear of parallel parking.
Take a look at this video below which will make all things with parallel parking very easy:
How to Park a Car on a Hill
Let me make one thing clear at the start, you should not even think of parking on a hill, if you have parking space available on a flat surface! So, before you park your car on a hill, make sure that there are no other parking options left.
Parking a Car on a Hill
When you find that all other parking spaces are exhausted, then go ahead and park your car on a hill, but you have to make sure that your car won’t roll, because if it rolls, it can turn out to be a major threat to life and property. Here are the steps that will ensure, that your car is parked right:
Close to the Curb
The curb is the best friend of a car parked on a hill. A curb can prevent the car from rolling. So, the parking spot that you choose should be very close to the curb (the car and the curb should be just a few inches apart). Once the car is positioned, put the car in neutral and apply the brakes.
The Curb Contact
In order to make sure that the curb stops the car from rolling towards the traffic, you should focus on the direction of the front wheels. To make it easier for you to understand, I have divided this into 2 sections.
If you are facing downhill, then you should turn the front wheels of your car towards the curb. Now slowly release the brake, and let the front wheel closest to the curb, touch the curb. The curb will act as a hindrance to the forward motion of the tires.
Turn the wheel towards the road (opposite to the curb), if you are facing uphill. Take your foot off the brake pedal slowly, and allow the car to roll back a bit such that, the front wheel of your car bumps into the curb. Here the curb obstructs the backward motion of the tires.
Park and Brake
Once the front wheel is in contact with the curb, the next step is to engage the hand brake so that your car does not move. Before you apply the emergency brake, here is something that you should do:
For Manual Transmission
If your car is not automatic, then you should put your car in first gear, if it is facing uphill (obstruct the downward motion). If your car is facing downhill, then put the car in reverse gear (prevent the forward motion).
For Automatic Transmission
If your car has automatic transmission, you simply have to put it in park. When you put your car in park, the forward and backward movement of the wheel is restricted.
Now, you can engage the hand brake, and turn off the car. Your car is parked, you can get out it.
If you have wheel chocks in your car, then you should place them appropriately.
- If the car is facing uphill, then wheel chocks should be behind the wheels.
- You should place the wheel chocks in front of the wheels, if the car is facing downhill.
If the curb is absent, then you have to use your common sense, turn the front wheels of the car in such a direction that the car does not roll into the incoming traffic. Do not leave children in a car parked on the hill, they might unknowingly disengage the emergency brake!
The emergency brakes are very important in such situations. Periodic maintenance check ups will ensure that the brakes of your car are functioning properly. If you do not park your car right, then you surely have to worry about damage compensation and car repair. Follow the steps mentioned above to make sure that you find your car, where you parked it!
How to Angle Park a Car
How to Angle Park a Car
by Meg Campbell
Learning how to park a car is an essential part of learning how to drive. Of the three main types of parking—perpendicular (or 90 degree), angled and parallel—angled parking is the least difficult in terms of maneuvering. Doing it well means there is an equal distance of space around your car within the marked parking space, the front bumper doesn’t cross over the front-end of the spot, and the back bumper doesn’t hang out past the ends of the two parallel lines.
Drive slowly (inching along while keeping your foot over the brake) as you approach the angled spot. Position the rolling car at least 5 to 6 feet out from the parking space. Signal to indicate that you’ll be turning.
Continue to inch along—wheels straight—until the front bumper of the car reaches the middle of the space you’re parking in. At that point, brake lightly—not fully—to slow the car while you turn the wheel to enter the spot. About a half turn of the steering wheel should direct the car into the center of the spot—but some cars have looser or tighter steering. Aim to place your left front wheel in the center of the space as you enter it.
Straighten the car wheels out as the car’s hood very slowly passes over the middle of the parking spot.
Come to a full stop once the front bumper reaches the front-end of the spot. Make sure the car’s wheels are fully straight so that backing out will be as easy as entering. Put the car in park.
- When aiming to park to the left of an aisle of parking spots, drive further to the right to allow a wider turn angle. When aiming to park on the right side of the aisle, stay further to the left as you approach the space.
- Unless specified by street signage, angled parking is always nose-in, meaning you must back out to exit and should not pull through to the opposite space.
- When angle parking in a lot or on a busy street, watch for cars getting ready to back out of their spaces. If you decide to take a spot that’s being vacated, don’t brake suddenly without looking in the rear view mirror first. Wait for the spot by signaling for it with your turn signal and make sure to give the driver backing out enough space to do so. If you must back up to accommodate the exiting car, do so carefully and check all mirrors and blind spots for other cars and pedestrians.
About the Author
Based just outside Chicago, Meg Campbell has worked in the fitness industry since 1997. She’s been writing health-related articles since 2010, focusing primarily on diet and nutrition. Campbell divides her time between her hometown and Buenos Aires, Argentina.