Apply first or apply parking brake?

You park the car, turn off the engine and you should … Well, you better put in the first one or pull the parking brake?

We will try to solve this problem in a moment. Today we return to the centuries-old war of drivers.

So when you stop the car in place, put it in first or is it better to apply the parking brake? And in fact, at the very beginning we can say that… is an equally good solution to apply the first and apply the parking brake. And that only shows how complicated resolving this dispute can be. Especially since the specific answer to the question posed in the title really depends a lot on the driver.

Put in the first one. This is additional security:

So let’s get a gearbox first. First, it is worth noting that there is no reason why the driver should leave the car idling. Locking the transmission by changing gear is an additional protection – in a situation where the parking brake would be released. This does not burden the transmission in any way and does not expose it to failure. In short, it is always worth stopping rolling. Whether the car is standing on a flat or sloping surface. Shifting into gear is especially important for older cars, ie those where the risk of releasing the parking brake and overturning the vehicle is particularly high.

Parking brake at rest: to pull or not?

The parking brake is also worth pulling. And there are two reasons for that. First of all, if the vehicle is immobilized with a gearbox, it is still difficult to move. The range of motion is literally a few inches, but it always happens. the parking brake will stop the vehicle exactly where it is currently located. When the brake is not used, corrosive processes progress faster.

When is it better to omit the manual?

The parking brake should be left out mainly when the car, for example, is several years old and the driver is afraid that the parking brake will freeze when parked in winter. In addition, the solution is not the best when the older car is left to stand for a long time. Tightening the parking brake also loses its meaning when the parking brake works loosely in the car and does not de facto work. Then, however, the intervention of a mechanic is necessary.


When you are parked, it is always best to engage first gear, but it is good to consider the parking brake. At this point, however, it is worth remembering that in modern cars, manual brake application is slowly becoming an option. The electrically operated rear brakes are activated automatically as soon as the driver switches off the engine.


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