Let s say i want to park my car on a sloppy road with out applying pressure on the automatic gear box.

The approach i m currently use is the below:

  • Complete stop the car by pressing the foot brake (using D gear)
  • Continue pressing the foot brake and apply the handbrake/e brake (using D gear)
  • Release the foot brake (using D gear)
  • Lastly, press again foot brake and move from D to P

Is this the correct way to part the car in a sloppy road without damaging the gear box?

Any help or tips will greatly appreciate.

  • 1
    The obvious you missed is turning the front wheels towards the kerb.
    – Solar Mike
    May 3 '21 at 10:35
  • @SolarMike thanks for the point. what i want to improve is anything relate with the gearbox & the handbrake/e brake.
    – Error 1004
    May 3 '21 at 10:37
  • What do you think you will cause damage to the gearbox, if that is what you are concerned about?
    – HandyHowie
    May 3 '21 at 11:10
  • @HandyHowie the reason i post is to confirm if this is the correct what to part on a slope. Before this technique i used to press foot brake until the car stops, move from D to P, release the foot break and establish e brake. However, when i try to un park the car it was very difficult to shift from P to D gear and as soon i manage to do it it was sound very strange.
    – Error 1004
    May 3 '21 at 11:31
  • If this is all about "technique", this question is off-topic for the site. Driving technique questions are not a fit for this Stack. May 3 '21 at 12:04

If you stop the car and put it in park and then release foot brake before engaging park brake you will cause the transmissions parking pawl to bear the force. This can cause shifting out of park difficult. Either of the other two methods you mentioned will be acceptable. They will relieve most of the pressure from the parking pawl. The pressure will be absorbed through the brakes.


Bruhhhhhhh its an automatic transmission. Just throw it in park and pull the hand brake and youre good. youre not gonna hurt anything. youre not gonna stress anything. For years i didnt have a park brake on my Ranger that weights 4000 pounds. It was a manual and i would just leave it in gear no matter what. It didnt do any damage and the entire weight is resting on the engine compression and 1st gear.

These things are built to withstand it when theyre designed.

You can also just put it in park and youre good.

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