Best is to leave it in gear and use the parking brake.
However, if someone lives some place very flat I could understand people getting lazy about it.
There is no stress on the gear box.
so i recently bought my GTI which is a manual transmission.
question is "do you need to use the e-brake all the time for parking?"
I've always left my other car in gear, mainly 1st gear, and never used the e-brake.
friend told me that it puts stress on the gear and that its still not safe from the car rolling away.
just thought id ask this since ive never heard about that.
Never used the parking brake until I left a Dodge 3500 in a parking lot thinking it was in gear . . . well it wasn't.
Rolled across the lot and came to rest up against one of those demo outbuildings that Home Depot has in their parking lots. No damage, but still . . .
Always use parking brake now. Flat, hill; manual or auto. Doesn't matter.
do you go to any local meets by any chance?
damn that sucks. I've heard a couple of stories like yours wer people forgot to leave it in gear. luckily thats never happened to me. every time i park, i shake the stick to make sure its in gear. its just a habit of mine.
Gear and brake all the time.... I once parked on something I thought was flat... and wasn't. Caught the car rolling towards a parked car before I tugged the ebrake up a couple more notches....
For some reason I thought this thread was going to be about doing J-turns into a parallel spot haha. A few months ago a guy left his car in neutral and pulled up his parking brake in an old crappy accord. My dad and I were getting out of the car for lunch and I look up and there is an accord headed straight for my parents A4. I sacrificed myself in front of it and it only barely scratched the bumper (and my leg). Dude walks out and starts to get into his car to drive off like he had left it there the whole time. Didnt even notice it was resting against our Audi until my dad went, hey dip****. Needless to say cops were called haha.
I always use parking brake and leave in first (though sometimes i forget when backing in and leave in reverse ha.
Be wary of the HHA. Ive had the car roll a bit in a p lot when i got out quick and thought everything was parked and what not. I only had the brake pulled but the HHA was engaged.
I use them both when parked on inclines and the brake alone when not
I was taught to always use the hand brake AND leave it in gear (1st or R) when parking. Most especially in an incline. If you leave it in gear and no brake on an incline, only the air compressed in some of the engine cylinders is holding the car, and I do not want to rely on that.
If you only use the brake and no gear, you may risk not pulling the brake tight enough, like some people described here.
So, I use both. The safer the better.
And even with automatics too (AT, DSG, CVT, Hybrid...), it is best to use the parking brake on big inclines. They have a mechanism with a parking gear that locks the transmission in P, but then you put all the load in that one tooth in the parking gear. Even though they are designed for this, but...