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Proper way to shut down 2013 Prius. What’s the verdict?

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I’ve done multiple searches (online and here) and I’m not coming across what I’m looking for so, apologies if I’ve missed it or missed multiple threads.

I had a 2008 and at that time was instructed the proper way to shut it down was… neutral > park> power.
So I did that for years. Now I have a 2013 and I’m doing the same thing but, I found my sister-in-law was just hitting the power button. No neutral no park. (After being told the neutral> park> power bit).

She parked it in the garage last night and this morning something in the rear of the car was still whirling. Sounded like a fan? I don’t even know if the two are related but it’s a strange coincidence. What’s the verdict?

Power button alone?
Park> power?
Neutral> park> power?

thanks
 

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Don't remember exactly why (I think it had something to do with the venting/cooling of the battery compartment), but my 2005 Prius owners manual said to always push the park button before powering the car off. It never said anything about putting it in neutral before pushing the park button.
 
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