I grew up in Bangkok before I came here. It's normal to park like that especially the college I went to undergrad degree (but I had manual tranny so I didn't have much problem. If you can drive in Bankok, you can drive everywhere.
You probably have to go to the dealer to remove the lock at selector lever but I doubt they will do it for you because they are afraid to void your warranty. They did that with e46 for first couple years after it came out.