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Park the right way at night

It may seem a small point, but if you forget to change the direction your car is parked as it gets dark, you could face a hefty fine. This is because all vehicles parked on the side of a street at night must be positioned in the same direction traffic is travelling if you’re not in a marked bay. This rule does not apply during the day when you can position your car in any direction you like as long as you’re parked safely. However, come the evening you’ll need to move your car to point the same way the traffic flows. Rule 248 of the Highway code says: ‘You must not park on a road at night facing against the direction of traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space’. This law is for your safety as cars parked the correct way are more visible to road users because they are illuminated by headlights bouncing off the rear reflector. Cars parked in the wrong direction are not as easily seen and should they be parked sticking out slightly create a road hazard.