Parking Rules and Parking on Hills

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In Florida there are rules on how to properly park your vehicle.

The guides below teach you how to park on a curb, road side shoulder, or are on a hill.

Review the guides below about Parking and Parking on Hills and watch the videos. Then we recommend you take the Practice Test on Parking to determine if you understand the topic.


Parking in Florida


When you park in Florida there are guidelines you must follow.

Proper Parking

  • When parking on the roadside shoulder pull off the road as far as possible.
  • Park one (1) foot or less from the curb.

Parking Step by Step:

  1. Set the Parking Brake
  2. Turn off the Car
  3. Take your Keys (it’s illegal to leave keys in a vehicle)
  4. Lock your Car

Park on The Right Side
You should always park on the right side of the road. The only exception is a one way street where you can park on either side of the street.

Before getting out of your vehicle check your blind spots and look for bicycles and other vehicles.

Where Not to Park
There are many places where you should not park including:

  • Bicycle lanes
  • In front of driveways
  • On sidewalks
  • Crosswalks
  • Bridges
  • Intersections
  • Tunnels
  • Next to yellow painted curbs

More Parking Regulations
There are several locations you must not park too close to:

  • Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
  • Within 20 feet of an intersection
  • Within 30 feet of a stop sign
  • Within 50 feet of a railroad crossing

When you are parking on a hill it’s important that your car does not roll into the street.

You should turn your wheels so that if it starts to move it will roll into the curb.

Parking Downhill
If you are parking downhill - Turn your wheels to the Right.

Parking Uphill with No Curb
If you are parking uphill with no curb - Turn your wheels to the Right.

Parking Uphill with a Curb
This is the only time you turn your wheels to the Left.

Before Getting Out of Your Vehicle:

  • Set the parking brake.
  • If you have an automatic transmission put your car in park.
  • If you have a manual transmission - shift to reverse for downhill and shift to first gear for uphill.

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