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What should you do when parking downhill?

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When parking downhill on a curbed street, position the car so that it is parallel to the curb, and leave a full car length between your car and the car in front. Put the car in neutral, place your foot on the brake, and turn the wheel one full turn toward the curb. Slowly release the brake until the front tires roll and touch the curb, and then put the car in park and apply the emergency brake.

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  1. Park parallel to curb

    When parking downhill on a curbed street, position your car so that it is parallel to the curb. Allow a few inches of space between the front tires and the curb. If possible, make sure that you leave at least a full car length in front of your car. Otherwise, leave as much space as is available. When parking downhill on a street without a curb, turn the front wheels to the right so that if the car moves, it will roll off the street and away from traffic.

  2. Roll the car into position

    While pressing your foot on the brake, place the car in neutral and turn the steering wheel one full turn toward the curb. Remove your foot from the brake and allow your car to roll until the front tire rests against the curb, using it as a block.

  3. Apply the emergency brake

    Put the car in park and apply the emergency brake.

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