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Parking requires good control of the
vehicle, accurate judgment and steering
skill. The next three sections will explain
different types of parking.
This type of parking may seem difficult at
first and will require practice. To park in a
space between two vehicles at the rightside
curb, follow the steps illustrated.
Note the position of the front tires (in red)
When approaching your intended parallel
parking space, check behind you for traffic.
Gradually apply your brakes well in advance of
the parking space to begin slowing. Your brake
lights alert other drivers of your intent to stop.
Determine if the parking space is large enough
for your vehicle.
Parallel parking step 1
Stop when the rear bumper of your vehicle
(vehicle A) is in line with the rear bumper of
vehicle B. Your vehicle should be parallel with
vehicle B, with about one metre (3 feet) of
space between the two vehicles. Place your
vehicle in reverse gear. Look over your right
shoulder and behind you to make sure nothing
is there and the space is still available.
Parallel parking step 2
Reverse straight very slowly (crawl speed)
about one-half metre (1.5 feet). While still
moving slowly, steer sharply to the right until
your vehicle is at about a 45-degree angle to
the curb. Continue to look in the direction you
are moving while glancing to the front. Your
steering wheel should now be in line with the
rear bumper of vehicle B.
Parallel parking step 3
While reversing very slowly, straighten your
front wheels and continue reversing until the
right corner of your front bumper is in line with
the rear bumper of vehicle B. Be careful not to
make contact with this vehicle.
Parallel parking step 4
Turn the wheel sharply to the left. Continue
to look in the direction you are moving while
glancing to the front. Reverse until your
vehicle is parallel with the curb. Be careful
not to make contact with the bumper of the
vehicle behind you. The law requires that the
wheels of the parked vehicle not be more
than 50 centimetres from the curb.
Parallel parking step 5
• Check all mirrors to see if it is safe to
leave the parking location.
• Reverse while looking over your right
shoulder through your rear window,
until you are close to the vehicle parked
behind you, without making contact.
• Turn on the left turn signal.
• Before moving forward, look over your
left shoulder for traffic and cyclists not
visible in the mirrors.
• Move forward slowly about one metre
(three feet) while steering sharply all
the way to the left. When it is safe,
drive into the nearest travel lane taking
care not to make contact with the
vehicle parked in front.
• Be alert for traffic approaching from
When you are leaving a parallel park
position with a vehicle parked in front of you, do the following:
When leaving a vehicle parked parallel to
the curb, check all mirrors carefully for
any traffic or cyclists approaching from
behind. Do a shoulder check to your blind
spots to the left. When it is safe, open the
door no wider than necessary to get out
and leave the vehicle quickly. Walk to the
rear of the vehicle facing traffic to get to
Entering and exiting a vehicle parked parallel to the curb on a two-way street: Step 1
When entering a vehicle parked
parallel to the curb, always approach
from the front of the vehicle. Look for
traffic passing in the nearest lane before
you open the door. Open the door no
wider than necessary to get in and close
the door quickly behind you.
Entering and exiting a vehicle parked parallel to the curb on a two-way street: Step 2
Angle parking is most often used in
parking lots. The spaces may be on an
angle of approximately 45 degrees to the
Turn on your right turn signal and
reduce your speed.
Angle parking step 1:
Drive parallel to the curb and remain
about 1.5 metres (five feet) away from
the rear of the parked vehicle.
Angle parking step 2:
When you can see along the left side
of the vehicle parked to the right of the
vacant parking space, steer sharply
to the right. Look through the centre
of your stall while moving your vehicle
slowly ahead. Your vehicle should be
centred in the space.
Angle parking step 3:
At about the mid-point of the parking
space, straighten your wheels and
continue to move forward slowly.
Check the left front bumper and the
right rear bumper of your vehicle,
making sure they are not too close to
the parked vehicles on either side.
Angle parking step 4:
Keep moving slowly forward until the
front wheel makes light contact with
the curb or is within 50 centimetres
(20 inches) of the curb.
Angle parking step 5:
Reverse carefully and slowly. Be sure
there is nothing behind your vehicle.
Reversing can be hazardous because it is
difficult to see traffic as you move out of
the space. Yield the right-of-way as you
back out and look carefully behind your
When leaving an angle parking space step 1:
Move slowly and be prepared to stop
if necessary. If the vehicle on your right is
longer than your vehicle, stop when the
rear of your vehicle is even with the rear
of the longer vehicle. Check for traffic and
pedestrians. Continue reversing straight
until you can see past the parked vehicle.
When leaving an angle parking space step 2:
When your front bumper clears the
rear of the vehicle to your left, turn the
steering wheel sharply to the right.
Continue reversing into the first lane
behind the parked vehicle. Stop when
your vehicle is parallel with the curb.
When leaving an angle parking space step 3:
Drive ahead in your present lane.
Watch for other vehicles moving out of
angle parking stalls in front of you
When leaving an angle parking space step 4:
Perpendicular parking (spaces at a 90
degree angle to the curb) to the right can
As you approach your parking
space, keep about two metres (six feet)
between your vehicle and the rear of the
vehicle parked to your right. Travel very
Perpendicular parking step 1:
When your front bumper is even
with the left side of the vehicle parked
to the right of your intended space, look
through the vacant space.
Perpendicular parking step 2:
While you are driving very slowly, turn your wheels quickly all the way to the right.
Perpendicular parking step 3:
Check the left front corner and the right side of your vehicle as you enter the parking space to be sure you do not contact any parked
Perpendicular parking step 4:
Look through the vacant space,
and drive in slowly. Be sure your vehicle is
centered and completely in the stall.
Perpendicular parking step 5:
Entering a 90-degree angle parking
stall in a parking lot on the left is easier
than on the right because you have more
room to achieve the proper angle. Be
sure to check for oncoming traffic before
you cross the oncoming traffic lane.
Look through the center of your stall as
you turn and enter it. This is similar to
turning left onto another roadway.
Only enter a perpendicular or angle
parking stall to your left when you are in
a parking lot.
Perpendicular parking tips:
The following information applies to
parking on the right side of the road.
When parking facing uphill on a street
with a curb, turn the front wheels to the
left (toward the centre of the road). With
the wheels turned, allow your vehicle to
roll back slowly until the right front tire is
touching the curb. This helps to prevent
the vehicle from rolling into traffic if it
starts to move.
Hill parking step 1:
When parking facing uphill on a street
without a curb, turn your front wheels to
the right (toward the edge of the road). By
doing this, if the vehicle starts to move it
will go off the road and not into traffic.
Hill parking step 2:
When parking facing downhill, always
turn your front wheels to the right. If there
is a curb, allow your vehicle to roll to the
point where your right front tire is making
contact with it. With the tires turned to the
right, if the vehicle starts moving it will go
off the road and not into traffic.
Hill parking step 3:
To prevent a parked vehicle from rolling
down a hill, always set your park brake
and place your transmission in park (for
an automatic transmission) or low gear
(for a manual transmission).
Hill parking step 4:
When parking on the left side of the
road, turn the front wheels in the opposite
Hill parking step 5:
on a sidewalk or boulevard
• on a crosswalk or on any part of a crosswalk
• within an intersection
• within 1.5 metres (5 feet) of access to a garage, private roadway or driveway
• alongside or opposite any street construction or obstruction when stopping or parking would obstruct traffic
• on a bridge or underpass or the approaches to a bridge or underpass
• where a traffic control device prohibits stopping or parking
• within five metres of a stop sign or
• within five metres (16 feet) of the nearest
side of a marked crosswalk
• within five metres (16 feet) of a fire
hydrant. When the hydrant is not
located at the curb, do not park within
five metres of the point on the curb
nearest the hydrant.
• beside other vehicles where you may be
• closer than five metres (16 feet) of
the edge of the intersecting roadway,
except where there is an indication that
parking is permitted, such as with a
• at or near the site of a fire, explosion,
motor vehicle crash or other incident,
where parking would obstruct traffic
or emergency response personnel
Do not park your vehicle:
• on the roadway, parking lane or shoulder
of a primary highway except where:
· your vehicle is incapable of moving
under its own power,
· an emergency arises, or
· it is permitted by law
• unless there is a clear passage for
other motor vehicles, and
• your vehicle can be seen for 60
metres (200 feet) along the roadway
in both directions
On a roadway outside an urban area,
do not park:
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