Parking is a tricky business, and parking in tight spaces is even trickier. When you have to park near a corner, you may only park your vehicle as close as one car length from the corner of the street or surface edge.
Many people believe that you can park your vehicle as close to the corner as you would like, but this is not the case. There is a very specific distance you can park from the corner of the street or surface edge, and it is one car length.
This rule is enforced for safety reasons. If there were no strict parking rules for how close to the corner a vehicle could be parked, then it could create a potential hazard.
If someone was trying to turn onto the street where your vehicle is parked, they may not see your vehicle because of the corner blocking their view. This could potentially cause an accident.
Fifteen feet from the corner
When in a perpendicular space, you may only park your vehicle within fifteen feet of the corner. This is to ensure enough space for vehicles to turn into the street.
Parallel parking can be tricky, especially if you are not familiar with the rules or are not a proficient driver. Luckily, we have given you all the guidelines you need to parallel park smoothly!
You may either back into the spot or pull into the spot forwards. Either way, you must keep an eye on what is behind you and across from you to ensure that you do not hit anything.
Remember to always check your mirror and over your shoulder before moving out of the space to avoid any accidents.
Ten feet from the corner
Along with the five-foot distance from the corner, parking regulations often require that you do not park your vehicle closer than ten feet from the adjacent side street.
Sometimes, parking regulations require a minimum distance between a vehicle and a curb or in this case, an intersecting street. This is to ensure adequate passing space for vehicles and bikes on the street.
Vehicles with trailers often have longer rear ends which make it difficult to meet these regulations. Some areas allow for a shorter distance due to the size of the trailer. Check with your local authorities to find out if this is allowed.
Why is this regulation important? When cars are parked too close to an intersection, it can create safety issues. Vehicles cannot easily navigate around parked cars on either side of the street which can impede traffic flow.
Five feet from the corner
The rule for how close you can park to a corner is very important. If you do not follow this rule, it can put people at risk. When parking near a corner, you may park your vehicle no closer than five feet from the corner.
This is to ensure that people walking along the sidewalk do not trip over the edge of the parked car or run into the car while crossing the street. Also, it prevents damage to the car by people walking past or hitting it.
Parking in between two marked spaces on a street or in a parking lot does not count as being close to the corner. You must be within five feet of the actual intersection or corner of the street or parking lot for this rule to apply.
This rule applies to both private and public property so everyone should know it! Hopefully you do, though.
No less than five feet from the corner
Because many parking spaces are the standard six-foot by eighteen-foot size, requiring no less than five feet from the corner keeps cars from almost touching corners. This is an important rule to enforce in tight parking lots, like those in downtown areas.
Unfortunately, even if you are very careful, it is pretty easy to bump into a corner of a building or street when parking. It can be frustrating to have to back up or go forward to avoid hitting a corner.
The extra space this requirement provides helps prevent this and reduces the amount of times people have to back up in a lot. Having to do this repeatedly can be time consuming and expensive depending on the situation.
No less than three feet from the corner
Many parking rules require you to leave a certain distance between your vehicle and other things, like walls, corners, and other vehicles.
When parking near a corner, you may park your vehicle no closer than three feet from the corner. This rule is in place to prevent damage to your vehicle, someone else’s vehicle, or property.
If you need to park close to a corner due to limited space, make sure you do not overhang the sidewalk or road. The same goes for when parking in a garage or parking lot—make sure your car is straight before leaving.
These rules are put in place for safety precautions and to ensure there is enough space for other vehicles and vehicles can enter and leave safely.
No less than one foot from the corner
Now that you know the minimum distance to park from a corner, you may be wondering why this rule exists. It is important to note that this rule is not enforced by law, but by community consensus.
Parking closer than one foot from the corner can be dangerous. If another vehicle passes your parked vehicle while moving into or out of the street or into a spot, they may hit your car on the corner.
This can also create a dangerous situation for pedestrians. If a pedestrian has to cross the street, they may have to walk around your vehicle to reach the curb, putting them at risk of being hit by another vehicle.
You must parallel park your vehicle close to the curb
When parking near a corner, you may park your vehicle no closer than two feet from the curb or roadway. This rule applies to both alleys and normal street-side parking.
Parallel parking requires some skill, but most people can do it after watching a few tutorials. Most people start by pulling up close to the curb, then backing up and shifting into reverse to move backwards until the car is close to straight, then pull forward until it is parked.
The problem with this is that it can be difficult to tell if the car is straight or not. If you have enough room in front of you, then it probably is, but not always!
The best way to avoid this mistake is to parallel park in front of a concrete block or wall, so you can see if your car is straight or not before you fully park.
You may not park too close to a street sign or fire hydrant
Parking regulations are in place for your safety and the safety of others. These regulations are also in place to ensure there is enough space for vehicles to park.
Too close of a parking spot can cause issues for other drivers. If a vehicle is too close to the corner, it may be difficult for other vehicles to make the turn.
Vehicles that are too close to a fire hydrant may prevent water from flowing through it. This could lead to water damage or flooding in the surrounding area.
Street signs may be damaged if a vehicle is parked too close, making it harder to identify which street you are on.