Girl in car - photo by: Samo Trebizan
Correct parking on a public road includes moving as far away from traffic as possible. Make sure your vehicle don’t interfere with traffic. If there is a roadside shoulder, pull as far onto it as you can.

If there is a curb, pull close to it. State law often states that you must not park more than one foot away (in some states: 18 inches).

You must park on the right-hand side of the roadway. Parking on the left side and facing traffic is usually illegal (unless it is a one-way street).

Make sure your vehicle cannot move. Set the parking brake and shift to park with an automatic transmission or reverse with a manual transmission. When parking on a hill, you must also turn your wheels toward the side of the road. When parking uphill on a road with a curb, the wheels should be turned the other way (away from the side of the road) [Read more about parking on hills]

Turn off the engine and lock the vehicle. You cannot leave your vehicle with the motor running?

When you are ready to exit your vehicle, check traffic behind you before getting out. Look carefully for passing vehicles, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Do not open the driver’s side door unless it is safe to do so and you do not interfere with traffic. Do not leave the door open any longer than necessary.

Remember to take the keys out of your vehicle before leaving it. Leaving the keys often violates state law.