Parking on a Sloppy area

27.01.2017

Not every ground you will park your car is flat and stable.  When parking on a hill, you have to be careful with your car to ensure it is well balanced and can be properly supported.  The park brake or handbrake is put to the task of supporting the weight of the car the entire time it is parked.

Critical steps you need to learn about parking on a hill

·       Learn the correct parking procedure – Always park your car safely by selecting neutral whether the car has automatic or manual transmission.  Pull on and apply the handbrake by pushing the button in like you are pulling it on.  Avoid getting the ratchet sound and reduce the wear on the metal teeth.  This will only happen if you let the button out as the handbrake is on by pulling again firmly to hear one click.  Release the footbrake slowly as the car’s weight is held by the parking brake and select gear in a manual car or PARK in an automatic one.  

·       Beware of the condition of your handbrake – A poorly adjusted handbrake or a misused work out park brake will not hold the weight of your car.  With such kinds of brakes, you cannot afford to park on a hill, find a level parking spot.

·       Turn the wheels out from the kerb – Always turn the steering wheel so that the wheels are facing in the right direction, out of the kerb.  In the unlikely event of a handbrake failure, the rolling car can get restrained by the kerb. It is vice versa for parking downhill slope – turn the wheels into the kerb so that it can stop the car from moving down.

·       Most of all invest in rear view camera system – Blind spots and uneven ground can easily be detected by using the rear view cameras.  Any uneven ground causes most drivers to feel uncomfortable and unconfident thus easily losing ground. With the rear view cameras installed, it is easy to see where you are parking before you even do so.