Parking Uphill: The Correct and Incorrect Ways to Park Your Car

Parking Uphill: The Correct and Incorrect Ways to Park Your Car

You’ve arrived at your destination. Time to put your car in park and walk into the building. There’s only one problem.

You’ve got to park uphill. 

Parking uphill comes with its own unique set of challenges. If you don’t do it correctly, your vehicle will go rolling down the hill. Not only will that send your car speeding toward oncoming traffic, but it might hurt a poor unsuspecting pedestrian.

You don’t want that kind of guilt on your hands. It’s time to learn how to park on a hill. Grab your pencil because you’re going back to driving school. Check out this guide to learn more.

Turning the Wheel the Right Way 

The first rule of parking uphill is knowing which way to turn your wheels. They should be facing a way in which, if your brakes fail, your car won’t go speeding into oncoming traffic or hit a pedestrian. 

If someone is hurt or worse due to your negligence, it will land you in a heap of trouble. Which way you turn your wheels all depends on if you’re parking near a curb or not. 

Parking When There’s a Curb

If an event you’re going to uses a parking solutions app, and all that’s left is a spot on a hill, try to get one with a curb. While parking near a curb is a little more complicated, it provides a nice safety blanket if your brakes fail.

Your car will hit the curb before ramming into another person or rolling into traffic. Here’s how to get your car in the parking spot safely. 

Get Your Car in the Parking Space

The first step is getting yourself into the parking space. When you’re maneuvering yourself into the space, make sure that you give yourself plenty of room. You don’t want to be too close to other cars.

Positioning the Wheels 

Since we’re talking about parking uphill, you’re going to be turning your wheels to the left. They need to be pointed toward the road. This will stop your car from going into traffic if your brakes stop working for whatever reason. 

Allow Your Car to Roll in

Now that your tires are positioned the correct way, it’s time to let your car roll into the spot. Allow it to roll until the back of your front wheels is physically touching the curb. 

The curb will act as a stopper. So, if your brakes decide not to work anymore, your car will still be held in place. 

Put the Car in Park and Brake

Your car should be successfully in the spot. All that’s left is to put her in park. It’s not enough to shift your car into park and call it a day.

You need to pull the emergency brake. It will give your car a little extra stability and will decrease its chances of rolling into the road. 

Parking Without a Curb 

Now that you know how to park uphill with a curb, it’s time to learn how parking without a curb works. It doesn’t offer the same amount of security, but there’s less involved with it. 

Get in the Parking Spot

No matter if your parking with or without a curb, the first step is to get in the spot. Again, you want to make sure that you leave a little bit of space between your car and the others around you. 

You’re still learning how to park on a hill or else you wouldn’t be reading this article. You don’t want to accidentally hit another vehicle.

Position Your Wheels

If you’re parking on a curb, you’ll turn your wheels to the left away from the road. This stands to reason that the opposite is true for parking downhill. 

If there’s no curb, it doesn’t matter if you’re parking downhill or uphill. Turn your wheels away from the road.

There’s no stopper there to protect your car from speeding into traffic. By turning your wheels away from the road, you prevent your car from going that way. 

Put the Car in Park and Pull the Emergency Brake

Once your car is in the right position, you can park your vehicle. Again, you want to make sure you pull the emergency brake to use as an extra line of defense. 

Automatic Cars Vs Manual Transmission 

If you’re driving an automatic vehicle, you’ll put your car in park and pull your handbrake. After that, you’re good to get out of your car and head into the building you’re going into. 

Manual transmission cars work a little bit differently. You’ll still pull your handbrake; the difference is that you’ll put the car in first gear if you’re parking uphill. You put it into reverse if you’re parking downhill. 

Exiting Your Parking Spot

So, your business is done and you’re ready to get back in your car. Make sure that your foot is pressed firmly on the brake before you release your emergency handbrake. 

If you don’t, you’ll most likely go rolling into traffic. Check both mirrors before you pull out. Since you’re on a hill, it can be difficult to see other drivers and vice versa. 

Parking Uphill the Right Way 

Parking uphill can be a little complicated. If you don’t turn your wheels the right way, or make sure the back of your front tire is on the curb, you may find your car spiraling into traffic. 

You could also hit a pedestrian and seriously injure them or worse. Avoid a lawsuit by taking all the necessary precautions before you throw your car in park. 

Are you a newbie driver looking for more ways to avoid an accident? Check out the lifestyle section of our blog for all the latest tips and tricks.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.