When I park a vehicle with an automatic transmission, my foot is on the brake pedal when I come to a stop. I then shift to park and use the parking brake before I take my foot off the brake pedal. I never knew about Pawls and stuff like that, it just seemed to me that I shouldn't be putting the weight of the vehicle on the transmission. If the parking spot is flat and level, I often don't use the parking brake. I'll be sure to always use it after what centex said, makes sense.
Yes 100% on my vehicles no matter the road grade. Just like the seatbelt, I just do it.Taught my sons also. Have replaced complete parking brake cable sets multiple times over the years. They do tend to have problems over time, weather, usage. I'm very uncomfortable driving with an inoperative system. This electric system we'll see how it holds up. I do like it.