Driving Test Success PASSED HOME --- MAIN MENU PARKING A CARIt is always best, and safest, to park your car off the road or in a car park. If you have to park on the road, use your common sense and choose a safe place. Ask the questions:

Is it safe?
Is it convenient?
Is it legal?

Road Signs and Markings Road signs and markings will help you decide when and where you can park your car.
You must not park on:

yellow lines during times of operation shown on nearby time plates double yellow lines the approach to pedestrian crossings school entrances within 10 metres of a junction bus stops, tram stops or taxi ranks the carriageway or hard shoulder of a motorway - unless in an emergency a cycle track or lane a bend in front of an entrance to a property where the curb has been lowered to help wheelchair users in any other restricted place.
Using hazard warning lights while parking or stopping in a no parking or restricted zone will not elevate you above the law.

When Parking On The Roadalways use the MSM/PSL routine. If necessary you must signal take some time to plan your parking manoeuvre manoeuvre your car slowly avoid touching the kerb with your tyres, as this can weaken them and cause possible faults leave enough room between vehicles, giving you and other drivers enough room to exit your cars always try and park on the left-hand side of the road look out for other road users before opening your door.

Parking On HillsWhen you park facing uphill:
park your car as close to the nearside kerb as you can (if there is one)
leave your steering wheel turned to the right, so if the car rolls backwards, the front wheels will be stopped by the kerb if there is no kerb, leave your steering wheel turned to the left, so if your car rolls back it won't roll into the road leave the car in first gear apply the parking brake firmly.

When you park facing downhill:

leave the steering wheel turned to the left, so the kerb will stop ant forward movement leave your car in reverse gear apply the parking brake firmly.

Parking A Car At NightAt night, you can park your car without lights on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. Of course, you must comply with any local parking restrictions, and you must not park within 10 metres of a junction.

You must also park parallel to, and close to, the side of the road or in a designated place and facing in the direction of the traffic flow.

If you have to park on any other road, you should:

park on the left-hand side of the road
leave your side or parking lights on - unless a sign indicates that you shouldn't.

You must also never:

leave your car parked on the right-hand side of the road (facing against the flow of traffic), except when parking in a one-way street.

Remember - it is always better to park your car away from such a road.

You must remember to:

switch off your engine
apply the parking brake.

Whenever you park at night, never leave your headlights on. In fact, even if your pull over and stop for a short while, you should turn your headlights off. It is an offence to leave them on as they can cause dazzle to on-coming drivers.

Entrance To Controlled Parking Zone
Entrance into a controlled parking zone

End Controlled Parking Zone
End of controlled parking zone

Parking For Solo Motorcyclist
Controlled parking zone Parking place for solo motorcyclists


No Stopping
No Stopping

No Waiting
No waiting

Double Yellow Line
A double yellow line indicates no
waiting or parking at anytime.

Single Yellow Road Line
A single yellow indicates no waiting or parking during times shown. The times shown will be on a sign near-by.

Bus Stop Road Marking
Bus stop. You must not park or stop at a bus stop.

Keep Clear Road Marking
Keep clear - do not block this part of the road.

Load Bay Road Sign
Loading bay - keep clear.

Reserved Doctor Parking
Parking space reserved for vehicles named

Limited Waiting Road Marking
Waiting or parking is limited to the duration specified during the days and times shown.

School No Parking
School Entrance. No parking or waiting