The most common mistake that drivers make when backing up is failing to look both ways behind them. Mirrors do not give you a full view. To see as much as possible, turn your body and head to the right and look out through the rear window. Back up slowly and check for pedestrians and approaching traffic by glancing quickly to either side.


When parking on a public road, move as far from traffic as possible. If you park on a shoulder, pull over as far on the shoulder as possible. If you park next to a curb, pull close to it. You may not park more than one foot from the curb. On a two-way street, park on the right side of the road. On a one-way road, park on either side.

Parking on a Hill

With a curb: Turn the front wheels of your vehicle to prevent it from rolling into the street.

Without a curb: Turn the front wheels so that if the vehicle rolls, the rear of the vehicle will roll away from traffic.

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Be aware of other traffic when exiting your vehicle. Look for other cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians before opening the door. You may not park:

  • beside another parked vehicle (double parking)
  • on crosswalks or sidewalks
  • in front of driveways
  • within areas where parking is prohibited by curbs painted yellow or No Parking signs
  • in a parking space reserved for disabled persons
  • on the hard surface of a road when no curb is present
  • within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
  • within 20 feet of an intersection
  • in a bike lane
  • within 15 feet of the entrance to a fire, ambulance or rescue squad station
  • within 500 feet of where fire trucks or equipment are stopped answering an alarm
  • within 50 feet of a railroad crossing
  • in such a way that you block or create a hazard for other vehicles in a designated traffic lane
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