Automobile Parking

Basic Parking Rule

    Do not park any vehicle on the part of a road where traffic is flowing. Drive the vehicle off the road onto the shoulder while stopping. Do not park in such a place where one do not have a clear view for at least 50 meters in both the directions. Do not park in a place that blocks a vehicle already parked, a sidewalk, crosswalk, pedestrian crossing or road entrance. Do not park near the public entrance to a hotel, theatre or public hall when it is open to the public. Before opening the door of the parked vehicle, look around. Close the door the moment one gets down. Park the vehicle on the left side in the direction of the traffic. Note: After parking, turn off the ignition and the lights.

Parallel Parking

The term parallel parking means parking the vehicle in a line i.e. front to rear. The parking area should be one and half times longer than the vehicle to be parked. Check the following rules for parallel parking:
  • Slowly reverse into the space provided for parking, turning the steering wheel anti-clockwise. Take care that you have cleared the vehicle ahead.
  • After seeing the outside rear corner of the vehicle in front of your space, turn the steering wheel clockwise. Do not forget to look back so that you do not hit the vehicle already parked behind you.
  • Bring the vehicle in line with the curb.
  • If the vehicle is not parallel to the curb, drive forward to straighten. Make sure the wheels of the car are straight.
  • After the vehicle is properly parked, pull the handbrake and shift into first or reverse gear. Turn off the engine and remove the key from the ignition.
  • Check the traffic before opening door of the vehicle.

Angular Parking

  • The term angular parking means parking the vehicle at an angle to the curb of the road. The following basic rules is to be followed in angular parking.
  • First and foremost look through the mirrors and over the shoulder for traffic behind you.
  • Give the left indicator to signal to the vehicle behind that you intend to park the vehicle.
  • Steer into the provided parking space and straighten the wheels.
  • Keep equal distance on both the sides, pull the handbrake and shift into first or reverse gear.
  • For Exit: Look through the rear view mirrors and over the shoulder, if the way is clear then reverse slowly. Check that there is no vehicle, take extra care of cycles, rickshaws and pedestrians.

Perpendicular Parking

  • By perpendicular parking it means that parking at right angle of the road curb. Always reverse the vehicle in the parking space so that you can exit comfortably.
  • Pass ahead of the parked vehicle next to available space.
  • Look through the rear view mirrors and over the shoulder for clear traffic.
  • Turn the steering anti-clockwise and reverse slowly until you are in the centre of the parking space.
  • Close the window and lock the vehicle.
  • For Exit: Move the vehicle very slowly in order to get a clear view of the road. Look on both the sides, indicate and move the vehicle out.

Parking at Night

Try to park vehicles in a lighted place at night. If it is complete dark, turn the parking light on.

Precautions While Passing Parked Vehicles

  • Be careful while passing by a parked vehicle. Never open the door without looking.
  • Be aware, a child might be playing and can come in front of your vehicle hidden.

Roadside Stop

  • In an emergency, if you have to stop by the side of the road, make sure the stop is very short.
  • Give signal that you want to pull over and check your mirrors and blind spot to see when the way is clear.
  • Steer to the side of the road, stopping very close to the curb or edge of the road.
  • Put on the four way emergency lights.
  • Apply handbrake.

What Not to Do while Parking

Do not park:

  • On a foot path.
  • Near traffic crossing, round-about or a turn.
  • On the main road.
  • Where your vehicle obstructs traffic.
  • On wrong side of the road.
  • Where parking is prohibited.