Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What is the proper procedure for parking?

asked by on

What is the proper procedure for parking?

A: Parking your car isn’t the most complicated...

Parking your car isn’t the most complicated thing in the world, but you do have to make sure you’re doing it right. Here’s what you should know:

  1. Make sure the car is completely stopped.

  2. Press the brake pedal.

  3. Engage the parking brake and make sure the Brake light on the dash comes on.

  4. Shift the transmission into park (if you’re driving a stick, put it in first gear if you’re parking facing uphill or reverse if you’re facing downhill).

  5. Cut off the engine.

Tips

  • Don’t put the car in park before it has come to a complete stop.

  • Don’t park your car with the gearshift in neutral (even if you drive a stick shift).

  • Avoid parking over flammable items like grass, paper or debris on the road. The exhaust system gets very hot and can set these on fire.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car occasionally won't start. Is it the starter?

Hello. If the alternator is working and the battery is new, as you say, then the mechanic may be right. The starter itself may not be dead so much as it would be that the solenoid is sticking. When that...

Q: How do I use the folding mirrors?

Power folding mirrors are a premium feature on the vehicle, so the only vehicles with the feature will have premium trim. Below the mirror control, there is a switch with two symbols resembling mirrors on either end. The symbols...

Q: My car is jerking for an unknown reason

Hey there. This may be a sign of a failing transmission control module or low transmission fluid. The transmission control module (TCM) helps regulate fuel efficiency and power while storing information about the transmission system in its memory. A faulty...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.