Highway Code parking rule hardly any driver knows exists

A general view of parked cars
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

It's a parking manoeuvre deemed important enough to have been included the Highway Code, the Bible of road rules - but hardly any driver knows it exists. Driving authorities say it's something we should do when we are parking in a particular way.

But it's rarely seen on our roads. It concerns vehicles which are parked on hills and is a method motorists should follow to ensure their motor is parked safely.

The Highway Code states front wheels should be turned to either face the kerb or away from the kerb, depending whether the car is facing uphill or downhill. This acts as an extra safety precaution should the vehicle begin to roll.

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The handbrake should also be applied - something most of us do know - and the code adds either forward or reverse gear should be applied to help hold the car steady. Despite this Highway Code 'rule', it's rare to see cars parked with their tyres turned into or away from kerbs.

And if you've ever had to park on a hill, it's probably unlikely you turned your steering - unless you're really up on the rules. It suggests this is a little-known rule when it comes to driving. The Highway Code states: "Parking on hills. If you park on a hill you should:

  • park close to the kerb and apply the handbrake firmly

  • select a forward gear and turn your steering wheel away from the kerb when facing uphill

  • select reverse gear and turn your steering wheel towards the kerb when facing downhill

  • use ‘park’ if your car has an automatic gearbox

"Rule 252: Turn your wheels away from the kerb when parking facing uphill. Turn them towards the kerb when parking facing downhill."