How to Park on a Hill

It can be a difficult task to park on an incline if one is not used to precision driving. Whether one drives a manual transmission or an automatic transmission vehicle, it will give a difficult time to play with the clutch or even giving gas pedal bursts.

The most serious accidents of vehicles happen when the driver is not near the car. A car can disengage from the gear and strike another parked car drift directly into traffic or unwitting pedestrian. It is important to know how to park car properly on a hill which can really save property and lives. Here are simple directions that are easy to follow.


Step 1:

Move into the parking area. Park perpendicular to the hill whenever possible.

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Step 2:

You should part your vehicle parallel to the curb if you are parking parallel to the hill. The brakes would have to be used gratuitously when doing this.

Step 3:

If the car is facing downhill then turn the steering wheel toward the curb. The front tire’s front part should be turned in to the curb.

Step 4:

If the car is facing uphill then turn the wheel away from the curb. The front tire’s back part should be turned in to the curb.

Step 5:

Now the car can be put in park. Leave the car in gear for manual transmissions.

Step 6:

Pull the parking brake.

Step 7:

Remove your foot from the brake. If the car starts to slip, then the car would have to be parked again closer to the curb and reset the wheels.


  • The wheels have to be turned all the way into the curb, as far as they will go.

The best way for making sure that the car stays in place is by using two of these methods. The common sense says that one must never forget to pull the hand brake when parking, whether on a flat or inclined surface. Parking on an area that is sloped will put the car’s suspension system in undue stress. However if no choice is available, then make sure that safety precautions are followed.