Parking Lessons Note

Parking rules stop vehicles from parking in dangerous or inconvenient places. It’s an offence to stop/park in a way that is likely to obstruct traffic or cause danger to traffic or pedestrians. Fines and sometimes demerit points apply when parking illegally.

Always follow and obey all parking signs and line markings. If there are no parking signs or line markings telling you how to park, you should parallel park to the left side of the road in the direction of travel.

NEVER leave a child or a pet alone in a vehicle! In a hot car, they will become dehydrated quickly and might die.

Leaving your vehicle

Remember to check the blind spot before opening your car door

Before opening the door to leave your vehicle, check mirrors and blind spots for bicycles and other vehicles. Cyclists can get seriously hurt by an open door.

Before you leave your vehicle, check that your parking brake is on. If parking on a slope or hill and driving a:

  • manual vehicle - the gear should be engaged in reverse if parked downhill and first gear if parked uphill
  • automatic vehicle - leave gear in Park (P)

You must remove the key from the ignition and lock all doors and windows if you’re more than 3 metres away from your vehicle.

Pulling out from a parked position

Remember to signal and check your blind spot before pulling out

You must check your mirrors and blind spots, and signal for at least 5 seconds before moving from a stationary position at the side of the road or a parking area in the middle of the road. Find a safe gap and join the traffic smoothly.

Centre of road parking

Enter and leave by driving forward, unless otherwise signed.

Angle parking

Park at the angle indicated by lines or signs, and entirely within the parking bay

If no angle is indicated or marked, park at a 45° angle. Park front to kerb unless otherwise indicated.

Parallel parking

Parallel parking is the usual way to park unless indicated otherwise. Park in the same direction as traffic, and as close to the kerb as possible. If there are parking bays, keep your vehicle within the bay.

You may park on the right-hand side of the road on one-way streets unless otherwise indicated.

Leave a large enough gap to other parked vehicles an a continuous dividing line
  • Park at least 1m from any other parked vehicle where there are no parking bays
  • Leave at least 3m to any continuous dividing line or dividing strip
  • Leave at least 3m to the other side of the road if on a narrow road unless signs or bays permit parking

How to reverse parallel park

There are many ways to reverse parallel park. Here is one way that works well:

1. Find a large enough gap. It should be at least 1.5 times the length of your car.

2. Place your car alongside (parallel to) the car that you intend to park behind. Align your left passenger side mirror with the driver side mirror of the car next to you. Your should be about 1m from the side of the parked car.

3. Turn the wheels fully to the left and reverse with care. Stop once you can see the car behind you in your right side mirror. You should see the full front of the car.

4. Turn the wheels straight and reverse until your left side mirror covers the taillight of the vehicle in front.

5. Turn your wheels fully to the right and reverse carefully until you’re in position.

6. Straighten your wheels and if necessary inch forward to the correct position.


Always make sure that it's clear behind you before reversing

Only reverse when you can perform the manoeuvre safely and only for a reasonable distance (e.g. reversing out of your driveway). Look in the direction that you’re reversing and check the mirrors continuously. Be extra careful when reversing near intersections or when your view is limited.

Take care when reversing near pedestrians as they are harder to spot and may move behind your vehicle unexpectedly (e.g. in car parks).

General parking and stop

Unless signs or parking bays permit, don’t park or stop:

  • on the wrong side of the road
  • on motorways
  • on a median strip or a traffic island
  • on a footpath or nature strip
  • double parked (alongside a car that is parked)
  • obstructing access to a driveway or footpath (unless picking up/dropping off passengers - you get 2 minutes)
  • within a 'Keep Clear' road marking
  • within an intersection
  • in a slip lane
  • between "Bus stop","Bus zone","Taxi stand" or "Taxi zone" signs
  • within 20m of an intersecting road at a traffic light intersection
  • within 20m before and 10m after a bus stop
  • within 20m before and 10m after a pedestrian crossing
  • within 20m before and 10m after a children’s crossing
  • within 20 m before and after a railway level crossing
  • within 10m before and 3m after a marked foot crossing with traffic signals
  • within 10m of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights
  • within 10m of a safety zone
  • within 3m of a dividing strip
  • within 3m of any combination of continuous dividing lines
  • if less than 3m of road is clear for traffic e.g. between your vehicle and a parked car on the other side of the road
  • within 3m of an Australia Post letter box (except if you are dropping of/picking up mail or passengers)
  • within 1m of a fire hydrant or fire hydrant/plug indicator
  • within 1m of another vehicle parked in front or behind

Outside a built-up area

Make sure that your parked car is visible from at least 100m away when parking on a hill or a curve outside a built-up area.

When do stop

The parking/stopping rules don't apply in case you need to stop/park in order to avoid a collision, there is a emergency, the vehicle is disabled, you are instructed to do so by a police officer etc. However, don't stop longer than necessary

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