I was informed by a mechanic, several years ago, that airbags won't deploy if a car is in park therefore he always puts his car in park in drive throughs to avoid the air bags in case he is bumped while waiting in line. My new car is a 5 speed.....is 1st gear or neutral considered park? My information could very well be outdated by I'm still curious regardless...thanks

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  • Either 1st or reverse is considered park in the old days, now it is neutral, 1st, reverse with park brake set. – Moab Aug 13 '18 at 5:03

There's no true "park" gear in a manual transmission car. When the car is stopped and turned off, you can pull the handbrake up and put the gear stick in 1st or reverse to simulate what an auto car would do when you put it into the "park" gear. In the case that the handbrake fails, the transmission in gear will prevent the car from rolling away.

I tend to put the gear stick in 1st on an incline and in reverse on a decline, but it doesn't really matter.

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    On a slope you should point the wheels to the kerb whether you put it in gear or not... – Solar Mike Aug 13 '18 at 6:46
  • If you leave it in reverse, then when starting the engine, the reversing lights will turn on even though you might not actually want to go backwards. – juhist Aug 13 '18 at 15:18

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