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How to Park on a Hill

Whether you live on a steep road or you’ve just found a spot on an incline, parking on a hill is something most drivers have encountered. Safely parking on a hill is all seating your wheels into the curb — the right way. When parking uphill at a curb, turn your front wheels away from the curb. When you’re parking downhill, turn your front wheels toward the curb.

There’s a couple more things you need to keep in mind. If you avoid parking on hills because you don’t want your car taking a joyride without you, help has arrived. By following these handy tips an entire world of parking spots can open up for you.

How to Park on a Hill With a Curb

If you have to park on a hill, try to nab a spot near a curb. This is ideal because the curb does a great job of stopping your car from rolling downhill if the unexpected happens and your brakes fail or the car begins to roll. Turning your wheels in the right direction when parking on a hill is key — and it depends on if you park uphill or downhill.

Parking uphill

  1. Once you’ve found an uphill parking spot, pull into it or parallel park if needed.
  2. Turn your front wheels away from the curb and then back up a bit until the tires touch the curb.
  3. By turning your wheels away from the curb, your car will roll back and hit the curb if your brakes fail. This can help prevent your car from rolling into traffic.
  4. Shift your car into park and turn the ignition off.
  5. Engage your emergency brake before leaving your car. Don’t forget to disengage the emergency brake when you’re ready to get back on the road!

Parking downhill

  1. Like parking uphill, pull into or parallel park into your downhill parking spot.
  2. Turn your front wheels toward the curb and let the car roll forward a bit until the tires touch it.
  3. Just like parking uphill, use the emergency brake before leaving your car.

How to Park on a Hill Without a Curb

If the hill you’re parking on doesn’t have a curb, no need to panic.

  1. Pull into the open spot.
  2. Turn your wheels toward the side of the road. That way, if your vehicle rolls, it rolls into the roadside and not into oncoming traffic.
  3. Don’t forget to engage your emergency break.

And that’s it for parking on a hill. Keeping these tips in mind means you can park in peace and know your car will be safe while you’re away.

Get a Quote on Car Insurance Today

While you’re out parking uphill or downhill, be sure to keep your car protected from the unexpected. Talk to an American Family agent today about the car insurance that’s best for you. If you’re ready to discover even more ways to save on your care insurance, get a quote today and start saving.

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