Good advise - trust me.
Here are the details:
I went by my daughter's house to pick her up (and the grandbaby) to take to lunch. It was cold. I decided that it would be a good idea to just leave the car running so that it would be warm when we got back in.
Evidently, I just left it in "Drive." I DID put the emergency brake on. Little good that did, huh? The car did not move as I got out - or as I walked around the back of it - or even for the first few minutes that I was inside the house.
All of a sudden - there was an awful sound - like the house was falling apart. Or maybe like a car was coming THROUGH the garage. Yep. That was it. I ran out the front door to see who had hit me.
There it was. My car - IN the garage door. I think I said something like, "Oh, no...How did this happen? Did I leave it in Drive? I LEFT IT IN DRIVE! How did I do that? What in the world?"
Then I had the thought... "Wonder if this will let me get the (freckled) hood of my car painted?" At least then, something good could come from this fiasco. Oh NO... the hood is fine. No scratches. No evidence of driving THROUGH the door. No... it just crunched their garage door.
I just looked up the definition of "fiasco" to make sure that it was the right word. This is one definition that I found: Some effort that went quite wrong. Boy is that an understatement!
Now, we have talked to our Insurance man. And we are calling our Repair man to see how much this little "lapse in whatever" is going to cost me.
Is there a lesson to be learned here? Yep.
Don't get out of a car that is still in "D". Trust me.