How should I park on a steep driveway?
Hey everyone I have a 2017 Mazda Miata with a standard transmission and I was wondering how should I park the car on my steep driveway? Should I leave the car in gear? Should I just pull the emergency brake? Or, should I do both?
Always use both, in 1st gear and parking break.
Both. In fact in the last quarter of a century I have been driving, I’ve always done it that way - even on flat ground.
uhhh... wasn't that part of your driver testing? If you forget, go to your state DMV website, download the handbook and read it again.
It should be in gear (reverse if faced downhills), wheels turned into the curb (off to the side if there isn't one). Parking brake set on an incline.
Definitely both. Scary to think some people still pick one or the other.
100% both. Heck, I do both all the time on my manual transmission. Just to get into the habit.
And to my understanding, using the parking brake even on an automatic, can help alleviate some of the stress placed in the transmission to keep the car in place.
FWIW, in some foreign countries that have more manual transmissions than automatic, it’s also a thing to chock at least one wheel on steep hills.
If you back into the driveway, I would recommend putting your stick in the Reverse position. And set the parking brake. Sometimes they pop out of gear into Neutral so setting the parking brake is essential. And hope that your parking brake is in good working order.
Especially for CVTs but I now do with ALL my transmissions (even on flat surfaces), I put the car in neutral and then engage the parking brake. I release the foot brake and let the car "settle." Then I engage the car in Park. With automatic transmissions, there's no leaving it in gear and using the engine to brake without key release issues 🙁
I'll turn the wheels on any incline too, even without a curb, to keep the car from going into a building or strait into a street.
It is interesting to note that the laws are different depending on what state you live in. When I lived in California (please don't remind me) if you parked facing uphill, you are supposed to turn your wheels away from the curb, but if you're in Hawaii, you're supposed to turn your wheels toward the curb, the theory being that the vehicle will move backwards and jamb it's rear wheel into the curb, thus stopping the vehicle. Like the song said "You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave."