OK, I think we've reached a deal hereTo be honest, the hand gestures are only in my head. I don’t have a spare hand because I need to shield my eyes. How about a compromise, use your foot brake in daylight and handbrake after dark so that I can keep at least some night vision.
Just to veer off course a little more: I realised something yesterday and it has a link with wat we're discussing now: there is no mechanical feedback or audible warning if you select the reverse (to be fair: when the VESS is switched off). In many manual cars it is not possible to select reverse without doing something extra, like pushing down of pulling up on the stick. In automatic cars there is a tactile feedback from the stick, bit difficult to explain in text, but the position and angles of your arm tell your brain which gear you selected. In the E-Niro that's not the case. Turn the knob right: Drive, turn the knob left: Reverse. Thinking about it now I am not even sure which way to turn the knob (might be because I've only driven it a month).
My point: how many of you (still) look down on the knob when selecting a gear? Be honest!
And I know the gear selected is visible in the display in front of you, but both actions take your attention away from the road. That's my point.