Pulling over to the side of the road is probably the most common way to park your car.
Where should you practise this?
Start in a quiet street, where there is at least three car lengths of clear kerb for you to park against.
- Look ahead to find a place to park.
- Check your mirrors.
- Indicate left for at least three seconds.
- Check your mirrors again and any blind spots.
- Brake gently and steer smoothly to the side of the road.
- Park parallel to and within 30cm of the kerb.
- Apply the handbrake and put your car into neutral (manual) or park (auto).
- Turn off the indicator and stop your engine.
Safe and legal parking
Before you decide on a place to park, there are a few rules to keep in mind. These rules are for the safety of pedestrians and other road users.
Make sure you’re legally parked:
- Look for any signs or road markings that may stop you from parking.
- Don’t park closer than 1 metre from any vehicle entrance.
- Don’t park closer than 6 metres from any pedestrian crossing or intersection.
- Always park on the left side of the road (unless parking in a one-way street).
Choose a safe position to park:
- Park parallel to the road (unless signs or road markings allow angle parking).
- Make sure you’re as far left as possible.
- If you’re stopping in a high-speed area (which may not have a kerb), try and move as far off the road as possible.
- If it’s dark, check your car is visible to other road users on the side of the road. Try to park where there are street lights or turn on your park lights.
- When you’re parking on a hill and facing downhill, angle your front wheel towards the kerb. When facing uphill, angle you wheels away from the kerb.