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Leaving car in gear

Discussion in 'Motors' started by gam3r, 5 May 2006.

  1. gam3r


    Joined: 20 Jun 2005

    Posts: 3,774

    Location: London..

    Why do some people leave their car in 1st gear when parked sometimes? I thought that was bad to do?

    Anyone clear this up? ;)
  2. vanandjuanunited


    Joined: 20 Oct 2005

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  3. TinkerBell


    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 2,984

    Location: Birmingham, UK

    I only do it when im in a rush and forget to put it in neutral:p
  4. merlin


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 20,665

    Location: England

    Always put mine in gear. Saves it rolling away because the handbrake is useless.
  5. Poppy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 May 2004

    Posts: 1,182

    I only park mine in gear when im parking on a steep hill ... wouldnt want the handbrake to fail and for it to go for a ride all by itself.
  6. Nazbit


    Joined: 11 Dec 2004

    Posts: 3,864

    If a car is left in gear, its generally because the hand brake isnt very good and so keeps it from rolling.

    I hardly ever leave mine in gear, just on rare occasions when im parked on a very steep hill.
  7. Jonny69

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 3 May 2004

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    Location: Kapitalist Republik of Surrey

    Bare in mind it's quite easy for a couple of blokes to push a car when the handbrake is on, it's also quite easy for a couple of drunk jokers to push your car out into the road too. When it's left in 1st they won't be able to.
  8. timbob


    Joined: 27 Nov 2002

    Posts: 3,097

    Or they will, but in doing so, will damage the car. I left my old fiesta in gear once at college, came back to find the car had been moved out of the marked space and left in the middle of the 'road' part of the car park.

    A bit narked, I got in and drove off. On the way out of the college car park however, when accelerating away from the zebra crossing and changing into 2nd gear, the driveshaft snapped, and left me needing a tow truck.

    I was less than amused! :mad:
  9. gord


    Joined: 18 Oct 2003

    Posts: 19,323

    Location: Midlands

    They pushed the car while it was in gear..............

    fiesta you say... <notes down to stay away>
  10. Akira

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,309

    I always leave my car in gear, ever since I learned to drive. Don't know why people don't do it, myself.
  11. Sadgeek

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 31 Jan 2004

    Posts: 1,445

    Location: Plymouth

    I have always left my car in 1st, with the handbrake on.

    Why would this be bad?

    Only thing I can think of (I'm no mechanic) is that someone else might get into your car and try to start it without checking it was in neutral.
  12. Lashout_UK


    Joined: 2 Mar 2004

    Posts: 11,810

    Location: SE England

    I always leave mine in gear, regardless of where it is. Even on modern cars it's worth doing too - leaving your handbrake on (if it operates on the disc) when you've been out for a hard run will cause the disc to warp at the point where the pads grip it as heat soak gets to it.
  13. Vertigo1


    Joined: 28 Dec 2003

    Posts: 15,244

    Always leave mine in gear if on anything other than a totally flat surface.

    The only problem with it is remembering it's in gear before starting it again but I always waggle the stick to make sure it's in neutral and depress the clutch before starting, don't even think about this anymore, I just do both things automatically.
  14. Type_R


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,111

    Location: EGBB

    Mine is always left in gear.

    If for nothing else, VW will not allow u to claim damages if your handbrake fails unless your car is in gear - in which case there will be no damages to claim :D

    P.S. Don't believe me, check your car manual.
  15. The_Dark_Side


    Joined: 21 Oct 2003

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    Location: Back with a Vengeance.

    it's better for the car and just as safe to put the steering on full lock so the tyre touches the kerb preventing the car from rolling away.
  16. commited


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,369

    Location: Dublin, Ireland

    Never used to leave any car in gear until I got the Mini. Now I do.

    A friend of mine only leaves her car in gear - doesnt bother using the handbrake, which I found a bit odd.
  17. Rich1988


    Joined: 8 Jan 2005

    Posts: 6,363

    Location: wiltshire

    best thing to do is handbrake and leave it in gear, only way to be sure your car wont roll off in your on a hill :p
  18. AS_Platinum

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jun 2004

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    Location: Hythe, Hants

    I always leave my car in 3rd gear, find it still rolls in 1st if i leave the handbrake off.
  19. The_Dark_Side


    Joined: 21 Oct 2003

    Posts: 13,604

    Location: Back with a Vengeance.

    that's physically impossible.
    to illustrate try bump starting a car in 3rd then again in first and see which makes it easier to overcome lack of combustion.
    if it rolls in first it'll roll in every other subsequent gear more easily.
  20. Mackass

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    Joined: 22 Jan 2005

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    Location: West London

    Hi, could somebody explain to me how leaving a car in gear will prevent it from moving, where as leaving it in neutral won't? :o