How one parks is an important car care
element. It can make a difference between an old looking car and
well-kept one. Read on to know more....
and where you park can make a difference between a dented car and
well-kept one. It can make a difference between heading to an important
meeting in a car strewn with leaves and bird droppings or a nice shiny
one. Where and how you park is also a safety concern for others and
yourself. Here’s how to do it right while caring for your car.
Be considerate to other road users and pedestrians
When parking your car, the first thing you
should check is whether it is safe and legal to park there. Check for no
standing zones, no parking zones and day specific zones as parking in
places where one is not allowed may lead to your car getting towed. Do
not park too close to a gate, intersection, bus stop, fire hydrant, post
box or taxi and rickshaw stands. One must also never park too close to
another car at the risk of getting boxed in.
Parking under trees
Parking under a tree may seem sensible as it
prevents your car from getting too hot in the summers, but stray objects
like branches or coconuts might damage your car. Also, bird droppings
can completely ruin your paint if not wiped clean soon. Some migratory
birds like storks have acidic droppings that burn through your clear
coat and into your paint leaving permanent damage. Check where you park
and if possible never under a tree. In the monsoon, heavy winds and rain
can also cause trees to fall resulting in complete destruction of your
How to apply the handbrake
Applying the handbrake is crucial although the
correct procedure is very important. Many drivers simply throw the car
into gear (or Park in an automatic) and rip the handbrake on. In this
case, it is the transmission that usually takes up most of the load and
not the handbrake.
Whenever you are parking a car, especially on a
hill, park and stop safely. At this point your standard footbrake should
be holding the car stationary, select neutral no matter whether the car
has an automatic or manual transmission and then pull on the handbrake.
The correct way to apply the handbrake is to push the button in as you
are pulling it on. Avoid the clicking sound that comes due to not
pressing the button. Once the handbrake is on, pull again firmly to hear
one click and let your foot slowly off the footbrake. Now the parking
brake holds the car’s weight. The driver can not select 1st gear in a manual or Park mode in an automatic for added security. On a hill, always put the car in gear.
Always remember to choose a space with a wall on
one side or at the end of a cue of parked cars so as to minimize the
chances of your car getting damaged. Also, always remember to park your
car only inside a designated spot if parking in a parking lot so as not
to inconvenience other users.
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