Wednesday, July 30, 2008

How to Park on a Hill

They cover this in the driver's manual, in Driver's Ed classes, and in the driving test. How hard can it possibly be to park on a hill? I know I'm getting picky and ranting about this, but improper parking is one of my pet peeves. In case you didn't know how to park on a hill, I'm going to break it down for you:

1. Parallel park next to the curb, likely on the right side of the street, but on the left if the street goes one way only. I know parallel parking is hard for most people (not my favorite, but I can do it), but let's imagine the street is vacant and you can just slide right in to that spot, okay?

2. Stop the car, but before you turn of the car, TURN THE TIRES. The direction to turn them is confusing unless you think about how the car might roll if you turn them the wrong way. If you are on the right side of the street, turn the steering wheel to the right (clockwise). Doesn't matter if you're headed uphill or downhill. If you are on the left side of the street, turn the wheel to the left. When in doubt, just remember to turn the tires pointed TO THE CURB (or ditch, or whatever might stop you from rolling downhill).

3. Apply the emergency brake. DO IT.

4. Turn the car off and exit the vehicle.

5. Don't forget to turn the tires back before you decide to drive away, otherwise you'll drive up on the curb, possibly ruin a tire or two, take out a mailbox (or worse), and maybe feel embarrassed.

This is not a hard thing to do. Learn it and do it!

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