When to Use the Emergency Brake (E-Brake)/Parking Brake/Hand Brake

Most motorists are led to believe that the emergency brake should only be used on rare occasions, that it shouldn’t be touched unless an emergency is occurring. Maybe, they feel like they should only use this parking brake when parked on a steep hill. While you should use the parking brake in those conditions, it is best to use the parking brake every day or as often as possible. 

1) Parking
It doesn’t matter whether you drive with an automatic or manual transmission, you should always utilize the parking brake. When parking, please remember to engage the emergency brake before putting it into parking gear. Not only will this give you added stability when parking on steep hills, but it will relieve stress on the transmission and other components. Many people are left to believe that this secondary brake component isn’t necessary when parking on flat ground. However, it is a great habit to get into.

2) Emergencies
Obviously, the emergency brake is called that for a reason. The e-brake serves as a backup in case your regular brake system ever fails while you’re on the road. If you are ever faced with a situation where your car can’t stop when you need it to, please remember that this mechanism is within reach. When engaging the emergency brake while your car is moving, please do so gradually and not pull on it abruptly.

3) During Service
The emergency brake can be engaged whenever you need a service performed. It helps keep the mechanics safe while your car is being poked and prodded. 

We hope this gives you a better understanding of the parking brake and when you should use it. At Guthrie’s Auto Service, your safety matters to us. For all your brake service and repairs, we welcome you to give us a call or visit today!