Driving Techniques: Parking

Know how to park is very important because sooner or later you will need to park your car. It is commonly allowed to park on one or both sides of a road, though often with restrictions. Most buildings have parking lots that can be indoors, outdoors, at multi-level structures, underground parking, etc. Those were built to facilitate the coming and going of the buildings' users.

There are three basic modes of parking: parallel parking, angle parking, and perpendicular parking.

Parallel Parking

Parallel Parking is when the front bumper of one car is facing the back bumper of the other car. It is generally used next to a curb. This style is often used for street side parking for cars. Before parking this style, you need to find a space that is big enough for your vehicle: at least 5ft larger than your car. It requires difficult maneuvers; you must be at least 2ft away from the others vehicles.

Perpendicular Parking

Perpendicular parking is when cars are side to side, perpendicular to an aisle, curb, or wall. This style is more common in parking lots and car parking structures. When you park this style, stop your wheels straight and your car centered in the space.

Angle Parking

It is similar to perpendicular parking, except that cars are parked at an angle to the aisle. It is also common in parking stations. Park your cars a safe distance from the others cars all the time so you can maneuver better.

The prohibited areas for parking are:
  • On highways (unless indicated otherwise)
  • In an underpass or bridge
  • In an intersection
  • On pedestrian crosswalks or sidewalks
  • In front of driveways
  • In a fire lane or close to a fire hydrant