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    Safe Driving Guide – How to Park Safely


    Many young drivers assume that once they have passed their test, they no longer need to pay much attention to safe driving. This is simply not true, as accidents have the potential to occur at any time, on roundabouts, busy road – even whilst parking! It is important to be especially aware of other road users when parking and the following tips will help you to park safely.

    Parking on a busy street

    Wherever possible, drivers should use marked bays or off-street parking areas, but if you do have to park on the roadside, you should ensure you don’t park facing against the flow of traffic. It’s also a good idea to heed the following:

    • Ensure you pull in as close to the side as you can
    • Don’t park too close to a vehicle with a Blue Badge as they may need more room
    • Ensure you switch off the engine and lights and apply the handbrake before exiting your vehicle
    • Check for cyclists and other traffic before opening your car door, to avoid hitting them
    • Children and other passengers should ideally exit the vehicle on the side nearest the kerb whenever possible
    • You should stow valuables out of sight and ensure you lock your vehicle

    Places where parking is forbidden

    As well as following the above tips, it’s important to be aware of where you can and can’t park. The Highway Code sets out an extensive list of places where you cannot stop or park; here are just a few of the obvious places:

    • The hard shoulder/carriageway of the motorway
    • Pedestrian crossings
    • Taxi bays
    • Cycle tracks
    • Roads marked with double white lines (pick up/set down or loading is permitted)
    • Spaces reserved for residents, motorcycles or Blue Badge Holders
    • Bus/tram stops

    Paying attention to controlled parking zones is also vitally important. Signs will indicate what times waiting restrictions operate and you are usually able to park freely outwith these times. Make sure you display the appropriate ticket in pay and display zones or you may receive a fine or even have your vehicle clamped!

    Claiming compensation for parking accidents

    Whether you are a pedestrian who has been struck by a vehicle whilst it was parking, or you have been involved in a collision with another vehicle, Accident Advice Helpline can help you. We know that many accidents occur whilst drivers are parking as they may have a variety of things to concentrate on, from oncoming traffic to cyclists and pedestrians. We can offer confidential, no-obligation advice and we’re available to chat to 24/7 on our freephone helpline, so why not call our team of professional personal injury lawyers today?

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    Date Published: July 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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