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  • Writer's pictureEllis Wood ADI

Use of the handbrake in your car.


The handbrake, also known as the parking brake, is an important component of a vehicle's braking system that is designed to keep the vehicle stationary when it is parked. Here are some best practices for using the handbrake:


  1. Apply the handbrake when parking: Always apply the handbrake when parking your vehicle, especially when parking on an incline or decline. This helps prevent the vehicle from rolling away.

  2. Use the handbrake in conjunction with the foot brake: When parking, use the foot brake to bring the vehicle to a complete stop, and then apply the handbrake. When releasing the handbrake, release it first and then release the foot brake.

  3. Do not use the handbrake while driving: The handbrake is not designed to be used while driving, and attempting to use it while the vehicle is in motion can cause serious damage to the braking system.

  4. Do not rely solely on the handbrake: While the handbrake is an important component of the braking system, it should not be relied upon as the sole means of stopping the vehicle. Always use the foot brake to slow down or stop the vehicle.

  5. Release the handbrake before driving: Always make sure to release the handbrake before driving, as driving with the handbrake engaged can cause excessive wear and tear on the brake system and affect the vehicle's performance.

  6. Check the handbrake regularly: Like any other component of a vehicle, the handbrake should be checked regularly for proper operation. If you notice any issues with the handbrake, such as excessive slack or difficulty engaging or disengaging, have it inspected by a qualified mechanic.


By following these best practices for using the handbrake, you can help ensure safe and reliable operation of your vehicle.

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