A wrong way to park an automatic transmission car can damage the gearbox and send you looking for a replacement sooner than is expected. This is a common mistake many drivers make on regular basis without knowing it. When the car is stopped many people push directly from “D” to “P” then apply the handbrake and turn off the engine. This parking is not correct. Pushing directly into the “P” gear puts the stress of the whole car on the “P” locking hole not on the handbrake. If you continue to do this for a long time, this will damage your gearbox.

The correct method is when the car is stopped, first push to the “N” gear and then apply the handbrake so that the force point of the car is on the handbrake. Next, push to the “P” gear then turn off the engine.