Before opening any door of a vehicle, make sure that there is no one on the road, pavement or footpath close enough to be hit by the door, or likely to walk into it. Be particularly careful about cyclists. Get out on the side nearest the kerb whenever possible and make sure that your passengers, especially children, do so too.

If you have to park on the road, stop as close as possible to the edge. Before leaving your vehicle you must switch off the engine, and you must make sure the handbrake is on firmly. Always lock your vehicle. At night switch off your headlights.

Never park on the road at night if it can be avoided. It is particularly dangerous to park on the road in fog or mist. Lights should always be left on in fog or mist conditions.

Parking on hills

Parking uphill
Parking uphill - Stop as close as you can to the nearside kerb and leave your steering wheel turned to the right. Then, if the vehicle should roll back-wards, it will be checked by the front wheel coming against the kerb. Leave the vehicle in first gear and apply the handbrake firmly.
Parking uphill with no kerb
Parking uphill with no kerb - Turn the steering wheel to the left. Then, at least, the vehicle will not run back across the road.
Parking downhill
Parking downhill - Turn the steering wheel to the left, so that any forward movement of the vehicle will be checked by the kerb. Leave the vehicle in reverse gear and apply the handbrake firmly.

Leaving a gap - Moving in or out of a parking space is more difficult on a slope than on the flat and tends to take more room. So leave a bigger gap - It will help you and others.

Parking with automatic transmission - Whether facing uphill or downhill, make sure the handbrake is on firmly before using the selector setting 'P' ( park ). This avoids risk with some vehicles of a jammed transmission. If your vehicle has no 'P' setting, turn your front wheels to the kerb as illustrated and take good care to apply your handbrake firmly.

Try to avoid parking on a slope. Look for a level parking space.