Parking is easy to get in most smaller towns and cities as long as you don't rely on street parking in the centres as it's non-existent so as to maintain throughflow of traffic. There instead, you'll find parking garages. Elsewhere where there is parking, park in the the direction of the traffic.
Paid parking can be in dusty lots, garages or by meter or ticket machine in parking bays. There are usually plenty of signs to indicate parking restrictions.
Enforcement of parking is done by the police but sometimes by parking attendants. Clamping isn't as common as being towed and if you need to reclaim your vehicle from the car pound, you'll need to pay a fine as well as the release fee. You mustn't park next to a kerb painted yellow as it's for emergency services only.
The European blue badge scheme is not recognised in the US but find a place with a parking attendant and they'll do their best to find you a more accessible spot to park in.
Painted colored curbs have the following special parking rules:
California's Coloured Curbs
White – Stop only long enough to pick up or drop off passengers or mail.
Green –Park for a limited time.
Yellow –Stop no longer than the time posted to load or unload passengers or freight.
Red – No stopping, standing, or parking.
Blue – Parking is permitted only for a disabled person or driver of a disabled person.
New Jersey's Coloured Curbs
White - Parking restricted by meter/permit regulations.
Green - Parking reserved for Corner Cars (car-sharing) vehicles only.
Yellow - Parking prohibited except for certain times/purposes.
Red - Parking prohibited at all times.
Blue - Parking reserved for Handicapped permits only.