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Is it Illegal to Leave Your Vehicle Unattended in Washington?

If you leave your vehicle unattended on the side of the road you must:

  • Stop the engine
  • Lock the ignition,
  • Remove the key,
  • Set the emergency brake; and
  • If necessary, turn the front wheel toward the curb or side of the road.

Additionally, if you leave your vehicle on the side of the road within the limits of highway you must arrange for the prompt removal of the vehicle, otherwise it may be removed for you.

If your unattended vehicle moves and strikes another vehicle, property, or causes injury to a person you may be held liable for the damage. For more information read the rules of the road below regarding unattended motor vehicles.

RCW 46.61.590: Unattended motor vehicle—Removal from highway.

It is unlawful for the operator of a vehicle to leave the vehicle unattended within the limits of any highway unless the operator of the vehicle arranges for the prompt removal of the vehicle.

RCW 46.61.600: Unattended motor vehicle.

(1) No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any perceptible grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway.

(2) The most recent driver of a motor vehicle which the driver has left standing unattended, who learns that the vehicle has become set in motion and has struck another vehicle or property, or has caused injury to any person, shall comply with the requirements of:

(a) RCW 46.52.010 if his or her vehicle strikes an unattended vehicle or property adjacent to a public highway; or

(b) RCW 46.52.020 if his or her vehicle causes damage to an attended vehicle or other property or injury to any person.

(3) Any person failing to comply with subsection (2)(b) of this section shall be subject to the sanctions set forth in RCW 46.52.020.

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