No one likes getting a parking ticket and that’s why all of us at Painters Collision Centers want to offer some tips about how to avoid them. Here in Arizona, parking tickets aren’t cheap, so follow these simple rules to save money and aggravation.
Do not park for more than 72 hours
The maximum on-street parking time limit in nearly every city in the U.S. is 72 hours. If you let your car sit beyond that period, you can be cited and your car can be towed. In addition, street construction and other special events can sometimes require you to move your vehicle to another street with as little as 24 hours notice, so it’s a good idea to check your vehicle every day regardless
Always check for parking signs
Before parking a vehicle always look in both directions for any parking signs and check the curb to see if there are any color curb markings. In almost every city, streets have street cleaning signs that limit parking on certain days of the month.
Curb your wheels
If the grade of a street is in excess of 3%, a motor vehicle’s wheels must be curbed so that if the vehicle were to roll, it would move toward the adjacent sidewalk curb. The curb would then help to stop the vehicle from rolling further. When parking uphill, turn the steering wheel toward the street. When parking on a downhill street, turn steering wheel toward the sidewalk.
Do not block driveways
A driveway begins at the curb cut, or the point at which the curb begins to slope downward toward street level. A vehicle parked within curb cuts can be cited and towed. Even partial infringements into the driveway area can result in an expensive tow.
Do not park on sidewalks
A vehicle parked on any part of a sidewalk can be cited for a sidewalk violation. A sidewalk citation can be given even if the pedestrian travel path is partly clear or if the vehicle is parked across a driveway. Respect all posted time limits After exceeding the parking time limit on a street, avoid parking on the same block while the time limit is still in effect that day. A vehicle can be cited for a time limit violation even if its owner moved the vehicle from one side of the same block to the other.
Use commercial yellow zones correctly
Special truck-only loading zones can only be used by commercial trucks with six or more wheels. Non-commercial vehicles can be cited and towed if parked these zones.
Use passenger white zones correctly
Vehicles may stop in a white zone for active loading or unloading passengers for up to five minutes. The effective times of a white zone are posted with a sign or stenciled on the curb markings. Do not leave a vehicle unattended at a white zone or it may be cited. If you can follow these basic directives and stay vigilant on checking on your vehicle while parked on the street, you’ll avoid parking tickets. At Painters Collision Centers, we know that parking tickets can ruin even a sunny day, so be aware and know your local laws and stay ticket-free all the time!
About Painters Collision Centers
Today’s vehicles are essentially large computers on wheels, so you need a collision repair company with the right tools, equipment, and training to diagnose and fix these sophisticated machines at a high level. At Painters Collision Centers, with two locations in Chandler and Queen Creek, AZ, we stress quality, transparency, and complete accountability. People praise us for being thorough and providing over the-top customer service on every repair. When you hire us at Painters Collision Centers, you tap into our 35 years of cumulative experience in the collision repair industry. Owners Jim and Kelly Huard aren’t just in it to win it. They’re in it to be the best!
Sources: SF SFTMA, NHTSA and Wikiped