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Passing parked cars

Navigating your way past parked vehicles will become second nature, however, you’ll always need to double check that you have sufficient space length-ways and width-ways to do this safely. For this reason, avoid pulling-out to pass a parked car at the last moment, instead leave plenty of room between you and the obstacle ahead as you overtake. This way you won’t come face-to-face with an oncoming vehicle, and you’ll have enough space to move back in behind it if you need to. You’ll also need to be mindful that someone inside one of these parked vehicles could suddenly open their door, so always make sure you leave a clearance gap of at least one metre as you drive past. Again, you’ll need to decide whether two-way traffic can pass as you overtake. Rather than using the white centre line as a guide, get used to looking at the available road space. That’s the area you’ve actually got to play with. If you and an oncoming vehicle can fit in that space, you don’t need to wait for them to go first. Otherwise, sit tight until there’s a lull in the traffic. Sometimes, it’s not possible to give parked cars as much space as you’d like, and this is where speed comes in. Slowing down will give you more control. If you’re squeezing through a gap with less room, reduce your speed accordingly. The less space, the lower your speed.

Indicating around parked cars

Generally it’s not necessary to indicate around parked cars. However, there can be the exception. For example, if you’re travelling along a narrow road, with a vehicle behind you and parked cars up ahead on your side of the road, you’ll need to wait behind the parked vehicles to allow any oncoming cars to pass. In this situation, due to the road being narrow, the vehicle behind may not see the parked cars and when you stop, they may interpret this as you parking. Indicating to the right in this situation would be safer as it will signal your clear intention to wait not park.

Driving close to parked cars

Try to leave at least a one-metre gap (or car door width) from the side of your car to the side of the parked car on your left, in case the car door should open. If the street is narrow with parked cars, try to keep an equal gap on either side and slow down to an appropriate speed which is likely to be 10-15mph.