The task itself is simple, and certain precautions can ensure that your car will remain where you left it . . .and not several miles down the road in someone’s yard or “parked” in a building.
- Whenever possible, park perpendicular to the slope of the hill.
- If you must parallel park on a hill, park parallel to the curb. Use your brakes gratuitously while accomplishing this.
- If you park on a street with a curb and your vehicle is heading downhill, you must turn the front wheels toward the curb. The front part of the front tire should be turned into the curb. If you park your vehicle headed uphill, you must turn the front wheels away from the curb. If you park on a street without a curb and your vehicle is heading downhill or uphill, you must turn the wheels toward the side of the road on which you are parked.
- Put the car in park. For manual transmissions, leave the car in the lowest gear.
- Set the parking brake.
- Lift your foot off the brake. If the car slips, park again closer to the curb and reset the wheels against the curb.