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VIII. Parking along roadways
Parallel parking

Parallel parking means parking a vehicle with its wheels parallel and next to the curb or side of the road. Park parallel to the curb on roads where parking is allowed, unless there are signs saying that vehicles should be parked at an angle. Park on the right side of the road in the direction of traffic. Unless there are signs saying otherwise, you can parallel park on both sides of a one-way road.

how to parallel park a vehicle

Diagram 2-51

To parallel park on the right-hand side of the road, find a space that is about one and one-half times longer than your vehicle. Check the traffic beside and behind and signal your wish to pull over and stop. Drive alongside, or parallel to, the vehicle ahead of the empty space, leaving about a metre between the vehicles. Stop when your rear bumper is in line with the other vehicle. Follow these steps:

    1. Slowly and carefully reverse into the space, turning the steering wheel fully toward the curb.
    2. When you can see the outside rear corner of the in front of your space, straighten your wheels as you continue to reverse.
    3. Turn the steering wheel fully toward the road to bring your vehicle in line with the curb.
    4. If your vehicle is not parallel to the curb, drive forward to straighten.
    5. When you are properly parked, set the parking brake and move the gear selector into park, or shift into first or reverse gear if your vehicle has a manual transmission.
    6. Turn off the engine. Remember to remove the key from the ignition. Check traffic before opening your door. Lock your vehicle.