Uphill parking, downhill parking and in fact any parking on a hill takes special considerations compared to parking on a level surface. Because of the incline or decline, there are additional risks involved, such as the car’s brakes failing and rolling into oncoming traffic. Making sure you know how to park on a hill safely will help build your driving confidence and ensure you don’t get any parking tickets for uncurbed wheels.
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Pull forward into the spot you intend to park your car in. If you are parallel parking on a hill, first, park your vehicle as you normally would. Pay attention to the fact that your car will roll downhill and keep your foot lightly on the gas pedal or brake to control the car while parking.
After you have positioned your car into a 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.
Next, apply your emergency brake.
Before you turn off your vehicle, you must turn your tires. It is important to turn your steering wheel before turning your vehicle off so you can turn the wheels with power steering. Turning your wheels acts as another backup if your brakes were to fail for some reason. If your emergency brakes fail, your car will roll into the curb instead of the roadway, avoiding a serious accident or major damage.
When parking downhill, make sure to turn your wheels toward the curb, or to the right (if parking on a 2 way street). Roll forward nice and slow until the front of your front tire gently rests against the curb, using it as a block.
When parking uphill, make sure to turn your wheels away from the curb, or to the left (if parking on a 2 way street). Roll backwards nice and slow until the back of the front tire gently rests against the curb, using it as a block.
If there is no curb available, whether you are parking downhill or uphill, turn your wheels to the right. Since there is no curb, turning your wheels to the right will cause your car to roll forward (parked facing downhill) or backwards (parked facing uphill) off the road.
If you remember to apply your emergency brakes and turn your wheels properly, you can be assured that your vehicle will be safe and that you won't get a ticket!