Is It Illegal To Back Out Of My Driveway? FAQs (2022)

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Back out of my driveway? There is no law against it

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There’s no law that says you can’t back out of your own driveway.

Sometimes it is not safe to reverse Opens in a new tab.into your driveway and not possible to turn around once in it; therefore you would have to go forwards into it and would be forced to reverseOpens in a new tab. out of it.

The law says this about reversingOpens in a new tab.

“Caution in backing vehicle


193 The driver of a vehicle must not cause the vehicle to move backwards into an intersection or over a crosswalk, and must not in any event or at any place cause a vehicle to move backwards unless the movement can be made in safety.” (Motor Vehicle Act)

When most people reverseOpens in a new tab. out of their driveway they are simply reversing onto a street mid-block, which is not considered an intersection

An intersectionOpens in a new tab. is a place where one road meets with another road; where the road meets with a parking lot, lane, or drivewayOpens in a new tab. is not an intersectOpens in a new tab.ionOpens in a new tab..

So unless your house is located in the middle of an intersectionOpens in a new tab. or ridiculously close to one (anything is possible I guess!) then I can’t see how it would be necessarily illegal to reverseOpens in a new tab. out of your driveway.

Also, when you reverse out of a driveway you may be reversing over a sidewalk, but probably not a crosswalkOpens in a new tab.; the crosswalkOpens in a new tab. is the thing located AT the intersection.Opens in a new tab.

So, make sure it is safe and clear, then reverse

Yes please signalOpens in a new tab. for this. Others may be able to see your signal, including people that you are not aware of –  legally you must only signal if there’s someone to signal to.


If you can, reverse INTO your driveway so that you don’t have to reverse OUT of it; usually that is a much safer option with much greater visibility.

Can I park my car blocking my own driveway?Opens in a new tab.

When you reverse in, you can check out the space you’ll be reversing into and then reverse; when you reverse out, the space you’re reversing into may be constantly changing.

In instances where you must reverse with poor visibility, get a spotter, or at least sound your horn to alert others

Keep in mind, vehicles exiting driveways (whether it may be forwards or backwards) are required to yieldOpens in a new tab. to road users already traveling down the road.

Keep in mind basic right of wayOpens in a new tab., though. If a vehicle has already reversed from a driveway onto the roadway and then a vehicle traveling down the road is approaching, the approaching vehicle is now legally required to yield, since the vehicle exiting the driveway was in the space first.

If you see someone trying to reverse out of their driveway and you want to stop and let them out, that is fine – just make sure it is actually safe to stop considering the vehicle(s) behind you, road conditionsOpens in a new tab., etc.

Can I Reverse Out Of Driveway Across Solid Yellow Line?

There is no specific law against this. You are required to make sure it is safe before you reverse and while reversing, and to avoid impeding traffic.

Motor Vehicle Act (BC)

Is it illegal to reverse on a main road?

No, there’s no law in British Columbia against reversing on a main road. If you can do it safely, then it’s legal. As long as you aren’t backing up over a crosswalk or into an intersection, then it’s legal.

Carmen

Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

3 thoughts on “Is It Illegal To Back Out Of My Driveway? FAQs (2022)

    1. There have been accidents backing into driveways that would not have happened if the driver had driven in. The safe course of action must ALWAYS be determined by the situation, not by blanket statements.

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