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Poll

Do you use your parking brake?

Yes, all the time
53 (68.8%)
No, I don't see a point to it
3 (3.9%)
Maybe, if I'm parked on a hill or something
15 (19.5%)
Do cars still come with those?
1 (1.3%)
Only when I drive a stick
5 (6.5%)

Total Members Voted 77

Am I the only one who uses a parking brake? 5302

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 16,644 Little to the right...
Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #30 on: June 08, 2012, 07:03:54 PM »
We always use it in both the Jeep (auto) and Jetta (standard).  We also always leave the car in gear when parking.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #31 on: June 08, 2012, 08:47:26 PM »
Both my car and my gf's are manuals, and the whole pull handbreak/turn engine off/stick in first (or reverse) gear/slight turn of wheel to engage lock are totally automatic for me... :)
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,507 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #32 on: June 08, 2012, 10:50:53 PM »
since I recently got my license and car which is manual, I was taught to use it... so I do...

Stick with the good habits, don't develop bad ones.

I think today is National Jump Your Dumb Ass Minivan In Front Of Grant's Jeep Day.  I should get a cake or something to celebrate it.   ::)

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #33 on: June 08, 2012, 10:55:31 PM »
when leaving a car in gear is it better to leave it in reverse or a forward gear?

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #34 on: June 08, 2012, 11:30:37 PM »
when leaving a car in gear is it better to leave it in reverse or a forward gear?

I only leave it in gear on a hill, and usually go for third - don't know why  :think:



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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #35 on: June 08, 2012, 11:35:18 PM »
when leaving a car in gear is it better to leave it in reverse or a forward gear?

I thought it's generally the lowest gear, that could be 1st or reverse depends on your transmission.

I use hand brake if parked on incline, although if I drive an auto I only use it if it's steep enough that I feel the transmission if being stressed.
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Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #36 on: June 09, 2012, 12:17:51 AM »
The lower the ratio, the harder it is for the car to start moving on it's own. That's why when you push start a car you put it in 2nd or third, as sticking it in first and taking your foot off the clutch will result in heavy engine braking, the car failing to start and the guy pushing you bashing his nose off the back of your car.

1st or reverse is best.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2012, 12:20:08 AM by mvyrmnd »

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 16,644 Little to the right...
Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2012, 12:50:28 AM »
I always use first.  I've heard different people say with the nose up hill use first, and the nose down hill use reverse. 

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2012, 09:32:01 AM »
since I recently got my license and car which is manual, I was taught to use it... so I do...

Stick with the good habits, don't develop bad ones.

I think today is National Jump Your Dumb Ass Minivan In Front Of Grant's Jeep Day.  I should get a cake or something to celebrate it.   ::)

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So do you now have a minivan hood ornament?

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #39 on: June 09, 2012, 01:46:27 PM »
I use mine all the time. How To HandBrake Turn

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,507 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #40 on: June 09, 2012, 01:53:25 PM »
since I recently got my license and car which is manual, I was taught to use it... so I do...

Stick with the good habits, don't develop bad ones.

I think today is National Jump Your Dumb Ass Minivan In Front Of Grant's Jeep Day.  I should get a cake or something to celebrate it.   ::)

Def

So do you now have a minivan hood ornament?

No, but I was tempted.  You see, I need some minor body work done on the Jeep and one of my fenders needs to be replaced, so I am strongly tempted to stop trying to compensate for the stupidity of others and let their insurance fix my Jeep.... or better still, buy me a new one.

Def

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #41 on: June 09, 2012, 02:37:09 PM »
Religiously use it on our manual & auto cars. + I hate the feeling of the load on the parking pin when the handbrake has not taken the load on our auto car, when the car is on a slope & you have to monster the car out of Park.

I remember the old Chrysler my folks had, I think the handbrake was located between the drivers seat & the drivers door. Mum was constantly forgetting to release it & we would tell her 'mum the car's smells again' (burning brake liners do have a unique smell ::) :D)
« Last Edit: June 09, 2012, 02:44:41 PM by MultiMat »


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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,507 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #42 on: June 09, 2012, 02:40:14 PM »
Not to mention terrible fuel  economy!

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #43 on: June 09, 2012, 02:46:07 PM »
30 years ago ......... fuel economy what is that  :P :D :D :D


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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #44 on: June 09, 2012, 03:07:29 PM »
Having only ever owned manual cars I always use the handbrake when parked and when stationary in traffic.

Only time I leave it sat in gear is when parked on an incline.  I then put something over the gear knob to remind me of that fact before I start the engine next :) 

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #45 on: June 09, 2012, 06:33:39 PM »


No, but I was tempted.  You see, I need some minor body work done on the Jeep and one of my fenders needs to be replaced, so I am strongly tempted to stop trying to compensate for the stupidity of others and let their insurance fix my Jeep.... or better still, buy me a new one.

Def

Quite a few times I'm tempted to do that too, except in the damn place I live the other guy would gets off scot free, while I get stuck with repair bill and insurance hike.  ::)
Hero Member Posts: 562
Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #46 on: June 13, 2012, 11:15:11 PM »
I always use first.  I've heard different people say with the nose up hill use first, and the nose down hill use reverse
I usually do that, along with the parking brake up, of course.
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #47 on: June 13, 2012, 11:32:44 PM »
always have always will use the e-break. Leaving the car/truck in gear always leaves a chance w/o e brake of the gear slipping out. Keep it safe. leave injury to cuts playing with your MT's.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #48 on: June 14, 2012, 12:13:27 AM »
Here is a little tip, when your brakes are really wet and you are going to park your car for a long time let the brake dry for a while before using the handbrake.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #49 on: June 23, 2012, 12:13:14 AM »
I always use it, and I drive an automatic.
When I park my car I don't want it to move an inch!

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #50 on: June 24, 2012, 12:18:12 AM »
so do the non handbrake/parking brake users use it on a hillstart?

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #51 on: June 26, 2012, 11:49:09 AM »
I put it in 1st and release the clutch to the bite point but not entirely, then release the normal brake... then the car doesn't roll back... accelerate and release clutch slowly to continue uphill... but then again, I haven't been driving long... and yes it probably causes wear on the clutch... isn't that what it's for?

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #52 on: June 26, 2012, 05:29:58 PM »
I use mine(I do have a manual transmission)..I place the car in gear as well either in first or reverse depending on where the least amount of damge could occur if for some reason I started the car up in gear.I will also use reverse if I am parked on an incline

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #53 on: June 26, 2012, 06:20:28 PM »
I put it in 1st and release the clutch to the bite point but not entirely, then release the normal brake... then the car doesn't roll back... accelerate and release clutch slowly to continue uphill... but then again, I haven't been driving long... and yes it probably causes wear on the clutch... isn't that what it's for?

the proper way is to apply the handbrake put the car in neutral and take both feet of the pedals

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #54 on: June 27, 2012, 09:41:08 AM »
I put it in 1st and release the clutch to the bite point but not entirely, then release the normal brake... then the car doesn't roll back... accelerate and release clutch slowly to continue uphill... but then again, I haven't been driving long... and yes it probably causes wear on the clutch... isn't that what it's for?

the proper way is to apply the handbrake put the car in neutral and take both feet of the pedals

I do that to park, however that was referring to
so do the non handbrake/parking brake users use it on a hillstart?

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #55 on: June 27, 2012, 03:08:26 PM »
I put it in 1st and release the clutch to the bite point but not entirely, then release the normal brake... then the car doesn't roll back... accelerate and release clutch slowly to continue uphill... but then again, I haven't been driving long... and yes it probably causes wear on the clutch... isn't that what it's for?

the proper way is to apply the handbrake put the car in neutral and take both feet of the pedals

I do that to park, however that was referring to
so do the non handbrake/parking brake users use it on a hillstart?

On certain hills at certain times I might use the handbrake when doing a hill start.  I taught my kids that way first.  It's the safest for beginners and the safest if I'm in a car that I'm not as familiar with.  Most of the time, even on a steep hill, if I'm used to the car, I don't even think about it, just release the clutch and hit the gas about the same time and go no hand braking needed. 

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,507 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #56 on: June 27, 2012, 03:39:53 PM »
I never use the hand brake on a hill start.  I don't know why, I just never have.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #57 on: June 27, 2012, 07:18:18 PM »
I never use the hand brake on a hill start.  I don't know why, I just never have.

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We are taught to, but I don't use it either.  Not unless it's a seriously steep hill.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #58 on: June 27, 2012, 08:00:01 PM »
I never use the hand brake on a hill start.  I don't know why, I just never have.

Def

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We are taught to, but I don't use it either.  Not unless it's a seriously steep hill.

Same here. I don't think about it, I just put it in gear and go.

Actually this thread has got me using the handbrake more than before. I used to use it all the time, but as time passed I started neglecting to do so. Just like turning on all 4 blinkers when driving in reverse.  ::)
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #59 on: June 27, 2012, 08:44:46 PM »
If my car wasn't fuel injected then I'm sure I would use the hand brake on a hill start- I think you'd have to.  But, with modern fuel injected engines you just have to release the clutch slowly until it bites in and let that keep you from rolling back until you release the brake and press the accelerator.

Def

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