Do I need to use the emergency brake when parking a car with a manual transmission?
August 9, 2009 9:29 PM Subscribe
Do I really need to use the emergency brake when parking my car?
posted by Badmichelle to travel & transportation (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
After years of driving manual, my husband and I bought a car with an automatic transmission. My husband insists that it's not enough to just put the new car in "park" when parking it -- we need to use the emergency brakes too. He says his father told him that if you don't use the emergency brakes, the cable stretches and the emergency brakes stop working.
Can this be true? The cable stretches if you don't use it? It sounds...unlikely to me. I always used the emergency brake and put the car in reverse when parking cars with a manual transmission, but automatic cars have that handy "park" setting. What if I just use that?