1st no e-brake will be fine, the car won't go anywhere.
Your dad is correct using e-brake in the winter will more than likely freeze in one possition or the other, I have seen this happen.
You really only need th e-brake when you park on a hill or slight grade.
If you insist on using the e-brake put in 1st not nuetral.
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