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  Remember: The front of the vehicle will
  move in the opposite direction from the
  direction the rear of the vehicle is moving. 




• When reversing out of a driveway,
   steer your vehicle into the nearest
   traffic lane and then go forward. Do
   not reverse into a second traffic lane.
• It is illegal to move your vehicle in
   reverse into an intersection or a

   If you see white reverse lights on
   a vehicle, be aware that it may move
   backwards. These lights show that the
   vehicle is in reverse gear.


Parking requires good control of the
vehicle, accurate judgment and steering
skill. The next three sections will explain
different types of parking.

Parallel parking

This type of parking may seem difficult at
first and will require practice. To park in a
space between two vehicles at the rightside
curb, follow the steps illustrated.
Note the position of the front tires (in red).

When approaching your intended parallel 
parking space, check behind you for traffic. 
Gradually apply your brakes well in advance of 
the parking space to begin slowing. Your brake 
lights alert other drivers of your intent to stop. 
Determine if the parking space is large enough 
for your vehicle.


 Stop when the rear bumper of your vehicle 
(vehicle A) is in line with the rear bumper of 
vehicle B. Your vehicle should be parallel with 
vehicle B, with about one metre (3 feet) of 
space between the two vehicles. Place your 
vehicle in reverse gear. Look over your right 
shoulder and behind you to make sure nothing 
is there and the space is still available.

 Reverse straight very slowly (crawl speed) 
about one-half metre (1.5 feet). While still 
moving slowly, steer sharply to the right until 
your vehicle is at about a 45-degree angle to 
the curb. Continue to look in the direction you 
are moving while glancing to the front. Your 
steering wheel should now be in line with the 
rear bumper of vehicle B.

 While reversing very slowly, straighten your 
front wheels and continue reversing until the 
right corner of your front bumper is in line with 
the rear bumper of vehicle B. Be careful not to 
make contact with this vehicle.

 Turn the wheel sharply to the left. Continue 
to look in the direction you are moving while 
glancing to the front. Reverse until your 
vehicle is parallel with the curb. Be careful 
not to make contact with the bumper of the 
vehicle behind you. The law requires that the 
wheels of the parked vehicle not be more 
than 50 centimetres from the curb.

CHAPTER THREE                                                                                                    BASICS OF DRIVING  49

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