The parking brake goes by many names: emergency brake, e brake, handbrake. Even though it is a secondary brake system, it stands to be one of the most critical safety features on your automobile. Most people tend to believe that these brakes only serve to be used in case of service brake failure. While that is true, you should also always engage the brakes whenever you park your car, SUV, or truck.
Parking brakes nowadays come in different forms (shapes and sizes). Here are some of the most common forms:
- Lever - usually positioned between the two front seats of the car
- Stick Lever - on the instrument panel
- Pedal - furthest to the left side
- Push Button - commonly used in newer-model vehicles
It doesn’t matter whether you're parking on a steep hill or flat-level ground – you should always be using the parking brake to park. This is a very common mistake people make. Using the parking brake releases tension and strain put on the transmission system. At Red Rock Repair, we encourage each and every one of our customers to get into this healthy habit.
Before using the e brake, you should make sure your vehicle is completely stopped. Then, you should set the parking brake BEFORE placing your vehicle in park. Then, you can proceed to turn the engine off.
Brakes are so important for your and your family’s safety. If you need to have your vehicle’s brake system inspected or serviced soon, please reach out to the team at Red Rock Repair. Feel free to give our friendly team a call or schedule an appointment via our online form today.