Parking

Information related to the parking of vehicles.

"Rules of the Road" for Parking Lots

Parking Lot"Are there specific rules of the road for parking lots?" asks a reader. "If so please clarify them." Parking lots often seem to be a free for all to me. This observation might be confirmed by the fact that ICBC reports that in 2018 there were about 96,000 crashes in parking lots that resulted in a claim being filed. 4,300 of those claims included someone being injured, 480 of those people were pedestrians.

How Far Away do I Park?

Measuring TapeI received a request from a gentleman who wanted others to know how far away drivers have to park from different roadside features. He has a problem with people parking across the end of his driveway rather than keeping their distance and is hoping that a reminder to other drivers might solve it. Is your measuring tape ready?

Is It Safe to Open Your Door?

Open Car DoorImagine the surprise of the motorist at a collision I once investigated. He parked at the side of the road, opened his door, and a passing car tried to tear it off! It's a good thing he didn't step out while he opened the door.

What went wrong here? The motorist didn't look first, or didn't see what was overtaking him. He probably felt safe in the fact that he had stopped close to the curb and was out of harm's way.

Someone Needs a Timeout for Their Approach to School Crosswalk Safety

School CrosswalkI pick up my grand daughters one afternoon a week at their rural elementary school. The kindergarten classes march out in line and wait patiently while their teacher identifies each child's caregiver and dismisses them individually. They now join the free for all to walk to the vehicles parked in the area and go home.

Q&A - Parking Opposite an Obstruction

no parking signIn the MVA under section 189 it states that: (1) Except when necessary to avoid conflict with traffic or to comply with the law or the directions of a peace officer or traffic control device, a person must not stop, stand or park a vehicle as follows: (k) alongside or opposite a street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking obstructs traffic;

Q&A - Entering Angled Parking

Q&A ImageIs it legal to pull into a head-in angled parking spot on the opposite side of the street (crossing a solid yellow line)?

Scenario: Heavy traffic both ways.  Lots of cars waiting for parking spots to open up on both sides of the street.  Solid yellow line/single lane traffic.

Q & A - Use of Out of Province Handicap Parking Permits

Q&A ImageQ: I will be visiting your beautiful country in Sep 2018 and intend to do a lot of driving. We have an Australian disability parking permit for my son with autism. I wonder if I can bring it and use it in Canada?

READING - IIHS Status Report August 23, 2017

IIHS LogoThis issue of the Status Report looks at some of the newest safety systems incorporated into our vehicles. Lane departure warning, blind spot detection, automated parking, rear auto-braking and the effects of automated systems on skill development in new drivers.

Go First, Think Second

Backing UpI've started to take my own advice and back into parking stalls more often. There have been some unique experiences, mostly pedestrians that blithely march past the back of my vehicle ignoring the signal and backup lights, but there are drivers who want to go first and think second. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to include myself in that category this time around.

Q&A - City of Surrey Parking Rules

no parking signI was just wondering about parking rules, as my family and any visitors to my home have been hassled by city parking enforcement about parking too close to an intersection. A family member and a caretaker of my grandmother would have been ticketed so far if they had not run out to speak to the officers.

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