When parking on a hill in Ontario, there are some important rules to follow to ensure your vehicle does not move once parked. Whether you’re facing uphill or downhill, the way you position your wheels is crucial to prevent the car from rolling into traffic or onto the sidewalk.
Here’s a summary of the rules for uphill and downhill parking in Ontario:
- Uphill with a Curb:
- Turn your wheels away from the curb (to the left).
- This means if your vehicle were to roll, it would roll back into the curb, preventing it from going into the street.
- Uphill without a Curb:
- Turn your wheels to the right, towards the edge of the road or shoulder.
- If your vehicle rolls, it will move away from the roadway.
- Downhill with a Curb:
- Turn your wheels towards the curb (to the right).
- If the vehicle starts to roll, it will roll into the curb.
- Downhill without a Curb:
- Turn your wheels to the right, towards the edge of the road or shoulder.
- This way, if the vehicle moves, it will roll away from the main roadway.
In addition to these precautions, always remember to:
- Engage the parking brake. Regardless of the incline or direction, always use your parking brake when parking on a hill. This provides an additional level of security to ensure your vehicle stays in place.
- Check your mirrors. Before exiting your vehicle, especially on a street with traffic, check your mirrors to ensure you’re not stepping out into oncoming vehicles.
Regularly practicing these rules will help you ensure that you’re parking safely and responsibly on hilly terrains. Always stay up-to-date with any changes or amendments to local traffic laws by referring to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act or other official sources.
How to park uphill and downhill step by step
Parking on a hill in Ontario requires specific precautions to ensure your vehicle is secured. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to park uphill and downhill:
1. Find a Suitable Spot:
- Look for a spot that provides sufficient space for your vehicle and doesn’t impede the flow of traffic.
2. Signal and Approach the Spot:
- Turn on your signal to indicate your intention to park.
- Slowly approach the spot while checking your mirrors and blind spots.
3. Uphill with a Curb: a. Slowly move forward until your front tires are parallel to and a short distance away from the curb. b. Turn your steering wheel away from the curb (turn left). c. Gently let the car roll back until the back of the front tire gently touches the curb.
4. Uphill without a Curb: a. Slowly move forward and stop the vehicle. b. Turn your steering wheel to the right so that if the car were to roll, it would roll away from the roadway.
5. Downhill with a Curb: a. Slowly move forward until your front tires are parallel to and a short distance away from the curb. b. Turn your steering wheel towards the curb (turn right). c. Gently let the car roll forward until the front of the front tire gently touches the curb.
6. Downhill without a Curb: a. Slowly move forward and stop the vehicle. b. Turn your steering wheel to the right so that if the car were to roll, it would roll away from the roadway.
7. Secure the Vehicle:
- Put the vehicle into “park” if you have an automatic transmission or into “first gear” or “reverse” for a manual transmission, depending on the incline.
- Firmly engage the parking brake.
8. Double-Check Your Position:
- Make sure your wheels are correctly positioned based on the above steps.
- Ensure you are a safe distance from traffic and not obstructing driveways or crosswalks.
9. Exit the Vehicle Safely:
- Check mirrors and blind spots for oncoming traffic or cyclists before opening your door and stepping out.
10. Lock Your Vehicle:
- Always lock your vehicle when leaving it unattended.
How do you remember uphill downhill parking?
Remembering the rules for uphill and downhill parking can be made easier with the use of mnemonics, visual imagery, or simple logic. Here are a few ways to help you remember:
- “UCULA” (You see you la):
- Uphill with Curb: Wheels turned to the Up or Left
- Uphill without Curb: Wheels turned Away from the street
- “Down and Right are tight!”: This reminds you that downhill (with or without a curb) involves turning wheels to the right.
- Visual Imagery:
- Imagine your car as a person. If it falls (rolls), it should always fall towards the sidewalk and never into the street. This can guide your wheel turning decision.
- Logical Approach:
- Always think about the worst-case scenario: if your car starts rolling, where do you want it to go? The answer is almost always: Away from the road and into the curb or side of the road.
- Uphill with a Curb: The car would roll backwards, so turn the wheels so it rolls into the curb.
- Downhill with a Curb: The car would roll forwards, so turn the wheels so it rolls into the curb.
- Without a Curb: You want the car to roll away from the road in either case.
- The more you physically practice parking on hills, the more ingrained the process will become. Over time, you’ll develop muscle memory for the process.
- Associate with Stories or Personal Experiences:
- Remember a time when you saw a car not parked correctly and the consequences of it. This emotional and vivid memory can serve as a strong reminder.
- Flashcards or Notes:
- If you’re studying for a driving test, flashcards or notes can be helpful. Write the scenario on one side (“Uphill with Curb”) and the action to take on the other side.
- Teach Someone Else:
- Explaining the rules to someone else can solidify your own understanding.
Using these techniques or a combination of them can help make the rules second nature, ensuring that you park safely every time.
How do you park a brake uphill and downhill?
Parking on an incline requires extra precautions to ensure your vehicle doesn’t roll. Here’s how you should use the brake when parking uphill and downhill:
- Approach the Parking Spot:
- As you approach your intended parking spot, ensure that you signal your intentions and check mirrors and blind spots for oncoming traffic or cyclists.
- Position the Vehicle:
- Align your vehicle properly with respect to the curb or edge of the road, based on whether you’re parking uphill or downhill and whether there’s a curb.
- Use Foot Brake:
- While holding down the foot brake, ensure your vehicle comes to a complete stop.
- Position the Wheels:
- Depending on the direction of the hill and the presence of a curb:
- Uphill with a Curb: Turn the wheels away from the curb (left).
- Uphill without a Curb: Turn the wheels to the right.
- Downhill with a Curb: Turn the wheels towards the curb (right).
- Downhill without a Curb: Turn the wheels to the right.
- Shift into Proper Gear:
- If driving an automatic, shift into “Park.”
- If driving a manual, depending on the direction of the incline, you might choose “First” (uphill) or “Reverse” (downhill) to prevent rolling.
- Engage the Parking Brake:
- Before releasing the foot brake, firmly apply the parking (hand) brake. This ensures that the vehicle is held in place by the parking brake and not just by the transmission, providing an extra layer of security.
- Release the Foot Brake:
- After you’ve engaged the parking brake, you can release the foot brake.
- Check Your Surroundings and Exit:
- Double-check to ensure that your wheels are positioned correctly and that you’re at a safe distance from traffic. Check mirrors and blind spots before exiting your vehicle.
- Lock Your Vehicle:
- Always secure your vehicle when leaving it unattended.