Basic Parking Rules

Do not park any vehicle on the part of a road where traffic is flowing.

Do not park in such a place where one does not have a clear view for at least 50 meters in both the directions.

Do not park in a place that blocks a vehicle already parked, a sidewalk, crosswalk, pedestrian crossing or road entrance.

Do not park your vehicle on the bus bays or bus stops

Do not park near the public entrance to a hotel, theatre or public hall when it is open to the public.

Do not park near any intersection or a round-about.

Do not park the vehicle in unauthorized parking areas.


Before opening the door of the parked vehicle, look around. Close the door the moment one gets down.


Park the vehicle on the left side in the direction of the traffic.


Parallel Parking

The term parallel parking means parking the vehicle in a line i.e. front to rear. The parking area should be one and half times longer than the vehicle to be parked. Check the following rules for parallel parking:

  Slowly reverse into the space provided for parking, turning the steering wheel anti-clockwise. Take care that you have cleared the vehicle ahead.
  After seeing the outside rear corner of the vehicle in front of your space, turn the steering wheel clockwise. Do not forget to look back so that you do not hit the vehicle already parked behind you.
  Bring the vehicle in line with the curb.
   If the vehicle is not parallel to the curb, drive forward to straighten. Make sure the wheels of the car are straight.
  After the vehicle is properly parked, pull the handbrake and shift into first or reverse gear. Turn off the engine and remove the key from the ignition.
  Check the traffic before opening door of the vehicle.


Angular Parking

The term angular parking means parking the vehicle at an angle to the curb of the road. The following basic rules are to be followed in angular parking.

  Look through the mirrors and over the shoulder for traffic behind you.
  Give the left indicator to signal to the vehicle behind that you intend to park the vehicle.
  Steer into the provided parking space and straighten the wheels.
  Keep equal distance on both the sides, pull the handbrake and shift into first or reverse gear.
  For Exit: Look through the rear view mirrors and over the shoulder, if the way is clear then reverse slowly. Check that there is no vehicle, take extra care of cycles, rickshaws and pedestrians.

Parking at Night

Try to park vehicles in a lighted place at night. If it is complete dark, turn the parking light on.


Precautions While Passing Parked Vehicles


Be careful while passing by a parked vehicle. Never open the door without looking.


Beware, a child might be playing and can come in front of your vehicle all of a sudden




Roadside Stop

In an emergency, if you have to stop by the side of the road, make sure the stop is very short.

  Give signal that you want to pull over and check your mirrors and blind spot to see when the way is clear.
  Steer to the side of the road, stopping very close to the curb or edge of the road.
  Put on the four way emergency lights.
  Apply handbrakes.


What Not to Do while Parking

Do not park:

  On a foot path.
  Near traffic crossing, round-about or a turn.
  On the main road.
  Where your vehicle obstructs traffic.
  On wrong side of the road.
  Where parking is prohibited.