Parking is one of the first skills you learn as a driver. Whether parking in a parking lot or along the side of the street, making sure your vehicle is not in the way of other vehicles can keep it from being hit by distracted drivers. There are several things you can do to prevent your vehicle from being hit, no matter where you park.
- When parking along the side of the road, get as close to the curb as possible.
- Watch for other vehicles before opening your door and getting out of your vehicle when you park along the side of the road.
- If you are parking along a curb, make sure you leave room for the vehicles in the front and the back of you to get out. Never box another vehicle in.
- In a parking lot, avoid parking between two large vehicles, especially if you have a small vehicle. Although one or more of the drivers may come back before you need to leave, you are taking a chance. It will be hard to see around the vehicles to pull out of the space.
- Avoid parking next to a vehicle that is parked crooked or that is close to the line. The vehicle may hit you or you may hit the vehicle when trying to pull out.
- Pull into your parking space as close to the center and as straight as possible. This gives you and those on either side of you more room when pulling out.
- Make sure your vehicle is all the way in a parking space. This includes pulling in enough, while not pulling in too far.
- Unless you are pulling a trailer or otherwise require two or more parking spaces, avoid taking up more than one space.