Richard's Parking Tips

  • Park on the left-hand side of the road if possible, and always park on the left at night. Do not park opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space.
  • In a car park, reverse into parking spaces if possible, as this is safer when driving out of a space. It's also more fuel efficient as you’ll be manoeuvring with a warm engine.
  • Check your mirrors and over your shoulders frequently – you still need to know what’s going on around you. Don’t just rely on parking sensors to guide you. There may be a trolley or something left in the space you wish to park in. Always keep your eyes peeled.
  • When looking for a parking place, don’t stop suddenly. Drive slowly past a potential parking space and size it up to see if your car will fit. If you can’t stop because you have traffic behind you, drive on.
  • When visiting a supermarket or retail park, try to park away from trolley parks and corners to avoid your car being exposed to damage from trolleys.
  • When parking, open your window and turn off your stereo. You can often hear something before you can see it.
Badly parked cars