When you are leaving a parallel park
position with a vehicle parked in front of
you, do the following:
• Check all mirrors to see if it is safe to
leave the parking location.
• Reverse while looking over your right
shoulder through your rear window,
until you are close to the vehicle parked
behind you, without making contact.
• Turn on the left turn signal.
• Before moving forward, look over your
left shoulder for traffic and cyclists not
visible in the mirrors.
• Move forward slowly about one metre
(three feet) while steering sharply all
the way to the left. When it is safe,
drive into the nearest travel lane taking
care not to make contact with the
vehicle parked in front.
• Be alert for traffic approaching from
ENTERING AND EXITING A VEHICLE
PARKED PARALLEL TO THE CURB ON
A TWO-WAY STREET:
When leaving a vehicle parked parallel to
the curb, check all mirrors carefully for
any traffic or cyclists approaching from
behind. Do a shoulder check to your blind
spots to the left. When it is safe, open the
door no wider than necessary to get out
and leave the vehicle quickly. Walk to the
rear of the vehicle facing traffic to get to
When entering a vehicle parked
parallel to the curb, always approach
from the front of the vehicle. Look for
traffic passing in the nearest lane before
you open the door. Open the door no
wider than necessary to get in and close
the door quickly behind you.
Angle parking is most often used in
parking lots. The spaces may be on an
angle of approximately 45 degrees to the
The following steps should be used to
enter an angle parking space on the right:
• Turn on your right turn signal and
reduce your speed.
• Drive parallel to the curb and remain
about 1.5 metres (five feet) away from
the rear of the parked vehicle.
• When you can see along the left side
of the vehicle parked to the right of the
vacant parking space, steer sharply
to the right. Look through the centre
of your stall while moving your vehicle
slowly ahead. Your vehicle should be
centred in the space.
• At about the mid-point of the parking
space, straighten your wheels and
continue to move forward slowly.
Check the left front bumper and the
right rear bumper of your vehicle,
making sure they are not too close to
the parked vehicles on either side.
• Keep moving slowly forward until the
front wheel makes light contact with
the curb or is within 50 centimetres
(20 inches) of the curb.
Entering angle parking space from the right