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When parking downhill on a steep road, what does the Road Code suggest that you should do? Select all that apply.

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This section of the Road Code has been around for years. The reason you would do all of this is that older style handbrakes have a tendency to slightly loosen after being pulled on, so if you didn't have the handbrake on hard enough, the vehicle could roll forward in a manual car.

In a manual car, putting the car into reverse provides a lot of resistance because the engine will not want to turn over backwards, which is what will happen if the car starts to roll forwards. The opposite is true if you park uphill.

In an automatic car, P (park) prevents the car from rolling forward.

This video shows how a mechanical hand brake (or 'parking brake') works.

Modern cars have hydraulic hand brakes which provide the optimal amount of force.

If the car does roll forward, pointing the wheels towards the kerb means that the car will roll into the kerb and, as long as it doesn't have too much speed up, the kerb will stop it. If the wheels are angled outwards the car will turn towards the traffic lanes.