How many inches from the curb should you park?


While parking laws vary from city to city, most state that drivers must park within 12 inches of the curb with both tires parallel to the curb when parking on the street. Failure to do so often results in a citation, especially in areas that are heavily patrolled.

Some cities even have an 18-inch limit; however, parking a car more than 10 or 12 inches from the curb increases the chance of another vehicle grazing it as it passes. On the other hand, parking too close to the curb is risky as a slight misjudgment can result in the passenger-side wheels scraping against the concrete.

Q&A Related to "How many inches from the curb should you park?"
1. Pull into the space you wish to park in, either by parallel parking or by simply pulling over if no other cars are present. Be sure to check your mirrors and use signals before
6 or 5 inches. ADDED: This type of traffic rule/regulation is local in every jurisdiction and can vary from place-to-place. I am personally aware of one city where it is not unlawful
Laws vary from state to state, but generally your car must be no more
Not Legal Advice: Many states have a legal requirement for how close to the curb you need to park. In some it's less than 12 inches, others 18 inches. report this answer. Updated
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