Reading about the current Jeep/Chrysler issues made me wonder. What is the obsession with automatic car drivers for relying solely on the transmission parking pawl when leaving the car?
I mean, they all have parking brakes as well, don't they?
I suppose years of driving manual transmission cars, where the primary means of keeping the car stationary while parked is the parking brake does rather make the thought of leaving the car only in park, without the parking brake applied seems very wrong somehow. And the user manual from the mk4 Mondeo says "Apply the parking brake and select park before leaving your vehicle". In bold. Next to a big exclamation mark.
A quick glance at Jeep Grand Cherokee user manual yields: "Before exiting a vehicle, always apply the parking brake, shift the transmission into PARK, turn the engine OFF, and remove the Key Fob." and "Never use the PARK position as a substitute for the parking brake". And many similar warnings about applying the parking brake.
Or is it the done thing to ignore the parking brake, and sue when a car rolls away?
So drivers, find your user manuals, find out how to use the parking brake on your cars, and use it while, erm, parking.