Subaru Forester: Parking tips - Parking your vehicle - Starting and operating - Subaru Forester Owner's ManualSubaru Forester: Parking tips

When parking your vehicle, always perform the following procedure.

- Apply the parking brake firmly.

- For MT models, put the shift lever in the “1” (1st) position when on an upgrade or the “R” (Reverse) position when on a downgrade.

- For AT models, put the select lever in the “P” (Park) position.

- When parking on a hill, always turn the steering wheel as follows.

When the vehicle is facing uphill, the front

When the vehicle is facing uphill, the front wheels should be turned away from the curb.

When the vehicle is facing downhill, the

When the vehicle is facing downhill, the front wheels should be turned into the curb.

- Never leave unattended children

- Never leave unattended children or pets in the vehicle. They could accidentally injure themselves or others through inadvertent operation of the vehicle. Also, on hot or sunny days, the temperature in a closed vehicle could quickly become high enough to cause severe or possibly fatal injuries to people.

- Do not park the vehicle over flammable materials such as dry grass, waste paper or rags, as they may burn easily if they come near hot engine or exhaust system parts.

- Be sure to stop the engine if you take a nap in the vehicle. If engine exhaust gas enters the passenger compartment, occupants in the vehicle could die from carbon monoxide (CO) contained in the exhaust gas.

- Always set the parking brake

- Always set the parking brake firmly when parking your vehicle.

Never rely on the transmission alone to hold the vehicle.

- If your vehicle has a front underspoiler and rear underspoiler (if equipped), pay attention to blocks and other obstructions on the ground when parking.

The underspoilers could be damaged by contact with them.

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