As a law firm with years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, including road traffic accidents, Accident Advice Helpline is no stranger to the dangers and perils of driving. Although we primarily pursue compensation for victims, we are also committed to improving the overall level of safety on Britain’s roads. That’s why we publish these handy guides to help motorists with some of the trickier aspects of driving.
Avoid road traffic collisions by parking safely
Parallel parking is a staple manoeuvre of the driving test and can be daunting for novice drivers with little experience on the roads or for those who need a little refresher.
- Approaching the space
When approaching the space, check your mirrors to see how your manoeuvre will affect traffic behind you, use your indicator to signal that you wish to stop. Draw level with the car behind which you wish to park, leaving enough space to turn.
- Beginning the manoeuvre
Adjust your mirrors if necessary so that you can see the kerb better. Check your mirrors again before beginning to reverse to ensure that you don’t impede or endanger traffic that may be approaching behind you. Begin to reverse and slowly turn the wheel, don’t turn the wheel all the way.
- Finishing the manoeuvre
It’s important to remember that as you begin to turn, the front end of the vehicle will edge ever further into the middle of the road. It is important to maintain good observation especially concerning oncoming traffic as you may be blocking both sides of the road. Begin to turn the wheel in the opposite direction, giving it slightly more lock than at the beginning so that the nose of the car slides in behind the car in front. Begin to straighten the wheel and look over your shoulder in order to ensure that you are a safe distance from any objects that may be behind you such as another parked car or traffic bollard.
Follow this guide to stay safe when parallel parking and you can help reduce the number of traffic collisions on Britain’s roads. Remember, if you’ve been injured as the result of a road traffic accident within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win-no-fee** basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice