How to park on an inclined surface

For some drivers, parking can be quite a task, others would even take longer than usual to properly position their vehicles on a slot. Now, what if you need to park at an inclined surface, is it really that hard? In order for you to do it with ease and confidence, we’ve prepared some tips and tricks on how you can park your car in an uphill, downhill direction, and even on a hill without a curb. Just take note and follow these simple steps.

Parking uphill
  1. Search for an open spot. After finding one, pull into it.
  2. Once you’ve successfully positioned your vehicle, don’t forget to turn your front wheels away from the curb and back up until your tires touch the curb. By doing this, your car will hit the curb instead of rolling into traffic, if ever its braking system fails. 
  3. After successfully doing the first two steps, do not forget to put your gear in the park position, while manual vehicles should be left in either first gear or reverse after turning off the vehicle. 
  4. Lastly, do not forget to engage your parking brake before leaving the car.
Parking downhill
  1. After finding a slot, pull into it or parallel park.
  2. Unlike parking uphill, facing your car downhill will require you to turn your wheel towards the curb and then move forward until the tires touch it. This is to prevent your car from going downhill if your brakes fail.
  3. Likewise, put your gear in the park position, while manual vehicles should be left in either first gear or reverse after turning off the vehicle. 
  4. Engage your parking brake.
Parking on a hill without a curb
  1. Start by pulling into an open spot.
  2. Remember, always turn the front wheels to the right, so if ever your car’s braking system fails, then it won’t end up rolling off the roadway.
  3. After you’ve properly positioned your vehicle in the slot, put your gear in the park position, while manual vehicles should be left in either first gear or reverse after turning off the vehicle. 
  4. Lastly, don’t forget to engage your parking brake before leaving your car.
Use a wheel chock
  • Better if your car is equipped with hill-start assist and hill-descent control - Most modern vehicles come with hill-start assist which provides convenience and safety as you drive up or down a hill. Once activated, both systems prevent the car from rolling forward or backward when driving through a slope.
  • Keep a safe distance from the cars upfront and behind you - Remember, it’s best to maintain a safe distance from both the front and rear vehicle, in order for each car, including yours, to drive out of their parking spot comfortably.
  • Use a wheel chock - For better assurance and security, use a wheel chock especially if you’re carrying a heavy load, and park at the hill more often.
  • As much as possible, avoid parking on an inclined surface - Lastly, it’s best if you can avoid parking on inclined surfaces. Aside from experiencing the extra hassle, some experts claim that doing this on a regular basis could cause detrimental effects on your car. So if you have the extra time to find a better parking spot, then do it. 

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