How to Park on a Hill Without Unpleasant Accidents in 7 Trusted Steps

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There are several special considerations you need to keep in mind when you are parking on a hill. Parking your car on an incline or decline is inherently more risky than parking your car on a level roadway. Follow these steps when parking on a hill to keep your vehicle and other vehicles safe.

7 Steps for Safe Hill Parking

  1. 1

    If you are parallel parking on a hill, first, park your vehicle as you normally would. Exert special caution as your car is more likely to roll when parking on a hill.

  2. 2

    After you have positioned your car into the parallel parking space, shift your car into first gear if it has a manual transmission or into park if it has an automatic transmission. Leaving your car in neutral or drive will increase the risk of it rolling backwards or forwards.

  3. 3

    Next, apply your emergency brake.

    emergency brake
    It’s important to learn where the emergency brake is in the vehicle you’re driving

    Using your emergency brake or parking break is the best assurance that your car will not roll when parked on a hill.

  4. 4

    Before you turn off your vehicle, you must turn your tires.

    turn tires
    Your front wheels are towards the curb when parked downhill

    It is important to do this step before turning your vehicle off so that your power steering can assist you in turning the wheels. If you are parked on a downhill slope, turn your steering wheel so that your vehicle’s front wheels will be angled towards the curb. If you’re parked uphill, your front wheels must be positioned away from the curb. This maneuver will serve as an extra safety precaution when parking on a hill. If your emergency brake fails, your car will roll into the curb instead of the roadway, preventing a serious accident or major damage.

  5. 5

    Always use extra caution when exiting your vehicle when you are parked on an incline or decline because other motorists might have a more difficult time seeing you as they drive by.

  6. 6

    When you are ready to exit a parking space on a hill, apply your brake before deactivating your vehicle’s emergency brake to prevent rolling.

  7. 7

    Make certain that you check your mirrors and look for approaching traffic before slowly driving out of a parking spot.

Parking on a hill requires additional safety measures. Check the video for a useful overview of all the steps mentioned above.

If you remember to apply your emergency and turn your wheels towards the curb, you can be assured that you vehicle will be safe.

Andrei Zakhareuski, Driving-Tests.org Founder
Andrei is a driver with 11+ years of experience and the founder of Driving-Tests.org.

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