Shifting the vehicle to Neutral always works no matter what anyone else might think or say. I've never heard of the shifter failing. It doesn't take 2 sec and my impression is that it's less then 1 sec. Shifting to Neutral is the most direct thing you can do on the shifter. You have to 'go through Neutral' to get to Drive or Reverse. It's immediately to the left of the default position. One poster herein always goes to Neutral at every stop he makes. I don't but I could if I got into the habit of doing it. I agree, I wouldn't power off the vehicle at anytime unless I wanted to get out. Shifting to Neutral then putting it into Park when stopped is all that I'd do.