"Wayward Wheels" Driving S.F. Tip by goodfish

Driving S.F., San Francisco: 33 reviews and 20 photos

  Wheels left!
by goodfish
  • Wheels left! - San Francisco
      Wheels left!
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  • They aren't kidding - San Francisco
      They aren't kidding
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  • Manual experts only - San Francisco
      Manual experts only
    by goodfish

Embrace BART. Learn to love the MUNI. Public transit is your friend. Driving San Francisco is a challenge at best and an expensive headache in every other way. Parking is scarce and costly and there are lots of rules and regs to trip up the uninitiated.

If you just can't park your keys, here are a couple of things you'd better know (and do reference the attached website):

? The grades of the some of the streets are insanely steep. If you have a manual shift and aren't expert at managing hills without rollback, don't even think about it.

? Curb your car correctly when parking on an incline/decline or be ready to fork over a nasty fine.
Facing uphill with a curb: wheels turned left.
Uphill with no curb: wheels turned right
Downhill: wheels turned right
Always set the brake

? Know the curb color-coding system (green, yellow, blue, red) for where you can/ cannot park or blow your pub fund on another fine

? Most downtown meters have only 30-minute or one-hour limits

? Take a good, long look at what your hotel will soak you for parking. The Marriott Marquis was $56 a day for valet and $32 a day for off-site (meaning you don't touch it again until you check out).

As I was saying, embrace BART, love the MUNI...

Address: San Francisco
Website: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/phome/homeparking.htm

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  • Updated Mar 31, 2013
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