When you park on a hill, be sure to turn your wheels so that the car would roll away from the road, and not into traffic, in the case of mechanical failure.

Dry steering

Avoid dry steering – steering while the vehicle is completely stopped – as it is hard on the power steering components and tires. Just make sure the tires are moving even slightly when you are turning the steering wheel to avoid this. Your car will not explode if you dry steer, but it is just unnecessary wear (and potential costs) on the components over time.



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Parking Uphill With Curb  


When you park uphill with a curb, you should turn your wheels to the left. That way, in mechanical failure, the front right tire will rest against the curb and prevent the car from rolling away into the road where it could cause a collision.




Parking Uphill Without a Curb


Parking uphill without a curb (parking beside just grass or dirt), turn wheels to the right so that if the car starts rolling away without you, it will roll into the grass or front lawn and not into the road or intersection where it could hurt people.


Parking Downhill


When you park downhill, you should turn your tires to the right (parked on the right side of the road). In the case of mechanical failure, the car will go into the curb or off the road, and not potentially straight into intersections and cause a collision. If there is no curb, still turn right.  The vehicle will go into the yard, fence, etc., This is better than going into an intersection where it could hurt people. Cars and property have insurance. Cars and things can be replaced; people can’t.






DriveSmartBC: How to Safely Park on a Hill