Tag: parking

30 Posts

Can parking on dirt damage a car
Mar 01, 2011

Today: does parking on dirt damage a car?

Dear Car Talk

At the age of 48 I am buying my first brand-new vehicle. I really would like it to last for a good long while. I've heard that parking on the ground is not good for a vehicle. I have a dirt...

parking

how to get out of a tight parking space
Aug 01, 2009

Ever wonder how to get out of a tight parking squeeze?

Dear Car Talk

It might have been the Red Sox sticker on my car, but I found myself in a no-win situation in New York City a few weeks ago. I had traveled to New York for the weekend, and I was able...

parking

The correct way to park on a hill
Jun 01, 2009

Barbara learns the hard way, the right way to park on a hill.

Dear Car Talk

In January, I visited the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. I parked on a slightly sloping street in Golden Gate Park, locked the car and went off to the museum. When I returned to my car, I noticed...

parking parking brakes

Mar 01, 2008

Will putting a vehicle in reverse guarantee that it won't roll down a hill?

Dear Car Talk

Several years ago, my Ford Ranger coasted out of my driveway at about 2 a. m. and rammed a minivan across the road. (I parked on a very steep driveway.) I learned to drive on my grandparents' cherry farm and was...

parking parking brakes

why should i have to abide by back-in parking rules
Dec 01, 2006

Why should you be backing in to a perpendicular parking spots instead of backing out?

Dear Car Talk

Here in the nation's capital, we have some streets or parking lots with signs that say "back-in parking only." I was ticketed when I overlooked this requirement. My question: What's the advantage of requiring drivers to back in to a...

parking

advice for a driver with very little room to spare in their garage when parking a van
May 01, 2005

Any tips for parking a not-so-mini minivan in the garage?

Dear Car Talk

I have just leased a Toyota Sienna van The outside width including the side mirrors is inches. The inside width of my single-stall garage door is inches.

parking

Oct 01, 2000

Is it bad to leave cars parked on an incline?

Dear Car Talk

My partner and I recently bought a new house The driveway up to the garage is inclined We are hoping to someday get our cars or at least one of them into the garage but we are presently having work...

parking

Jul 01, 2000

Which gear should I leave my manual transmission in when I park?

Dear Car Talk

I just read your article on parking and realized I don't know how to park my car I read somewhere else that parking in Second or Third gear with a manual transmission is the best I remember the rationale being...

parking manual transmissions

Jan 01, 1999

Is it better to park in a flat space instead of a slanted one?

Dear Car Talk

A guy that I have been working with over the past two decades and I have a running argument about regularly parking on a slant At two different companies where we've both worked the parking lots are multilevel and there...

parking

Dec 01, 1998

Should you park a manual transmission in 1st gear or reverse? Depends on whether you have front-wheel drive...and on whether you get towed.

Dear Car Talk

Several years ago on one of your radio puzzlers you had a case of a husband and wife who had identical cars with manual transmissions that got towed After the tow one car worked and the other didn't Your answer...

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