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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? 5308

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #90 on: August 28, 2020, 03:59:11 PM »
:nanadance: :nanadance: :nanadance:

I was taught to use the parking brake and leave the clutch in neutral. So that´s what I do. I only drive manually shifted cars, and all our company trucks are manuals too. Some of my coworkers leave the truck in first gear, so I always down the clutch pedal before ignition.
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #91 on: August 28, 2020, 04:07:37 PM »
Some of my coworkers leave the truck in first gear, so I always down the clutch pedal before ignition.

My car won't start unless you floor the clutch pedal.

My new car (due to arrive in November I think) does not have a clutch even though it's not an automatic :P

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #92 on: August 28, 2020, 04:11:54 PM »
My car won't start unless you floor the clutch pedal.
A sensible precaution. I learned this through experience, fortunately without injuring anyone.
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #93 on: August 28, 2020, 05:33:44 PM »
:nanadance: :nanadance: :nanadance:

I was taught to use the parking brake and leave the clutch in neutral. So that´s what I do. I only drive manually shifted cars, and all our company trucks are manuals too. Some of my coworkers leave the truck in first gear, so I always down the clutch pedal before ignition.

This is another safety measure. Leave the car in gear, contrary to the inclination of the road. If the break fails, the gear will hold the car in place.


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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #94 on: August 28, 2020, 05:53:30 PM »
This is another safety measure. Leave the car in gear, contrary to the inclination of the road. If the break fails, the gear will hold the car in place.
My country is mostly flat  :D
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #95 on: August 28, 2020, 06:57:46 PM »
My country is mostly flat  :D
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #96 on: August 28, 2020, 07:02:33 PM »
Come on guys, we do have a mountain!

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #97 on: August 28, 2020, 07:06:27 PM »
Handbrakes are fun


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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #98 on: August 28, 2020, 08:55:07 PM »
Handbrakes are fun

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #99 on: August 29, 2020, 12:29:39 AM »
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #100 on: August 29, 2020, 02:25:02 AM »
I use hand brakes all the time. Indeed I remember liking them so much that I drove a fair bit of my driving test with them still on.  ::)

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #101 on: August 29, 2020, 03:40:50 AM »
I use it all the time, even when I don't really need it. Cars, trucks, tractors, ATVs, and UTVs.

But, cars these days rarely have real parking brakes--all E-brakes that don't work like they're supposed to.
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #102 on: August 29, 2020, 07:03:03 AM »
I use it all the time, even when I don't really need it. Cars, trucks, tractors, ATVs, and UTVs.

But, cars these days rarely have real parking brakes--all E-brakes that don't work like they're supposed to.

I thought I'd try my 2017 Golf R wagon out on a skid pan to see what it handled like in a safe environment.  Because it has AWD and good tyres the traction limits are too high to "test it out" on public roads.

Turns out it has too good a traction even on a wet skidpan to do anything except juddering understeer almost all the time.  The instructor suggested I try pulling on the 'handbrake", but that was a dismal failure.  It has an E-brake which applies all 4 wheels in a maximum stopping power (even ABS activated) damper on any possible fun.



But I still use the (E-)handbrake every time I switch the engine off.  Mind you, the car does it for me, so I don't even have to remember to do it manually.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #103 on: August 29, 2020, 03:33:59 PM »
It has an E-brake which applies all 4 wheels in a maximum stopping power (even ABS activated) damper on any possible fun.

Being able to just lock the back wheels is what I miss the most with four wheel drive. If I just want to stop all wheels with ABS there is the normal brake for that. Give me back my rear only hand brake! (I guess sudden stop on only two wheels is not healthy for the four wheel drive system so they wont do that?

Or give me that weird differential brake my previous car had - I could turn a bit, then press down hard on the gas pedal, and it would very gently skid the back out in winter. No idea what that was good for in a family car though.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #104 on: September 01, 2020, 03:52:51 AM »
Handbrakes are fun

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your still posting funny stuff! lol

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #105 on: September 02, 2020, 11:55:36 AM »
My car won't start unless you floor the clutch pedal.

My new car (due to arrive in November I think) does not have a clutch even though it's not an automatic :P

My Ford is the same. 

My country is mostly flat  :D

Yeah, if there is one country in the world where a handbrake really might be unnecessary it's yours.  :D

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #106 on: September 02, 2020, 12:25:01 PM »
It's not a handbrake but a handpump.
They use it to inflate the floaters in case the dam breaks...

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #107 on: September 02, 2020, 01:21:19 PM »
Crazy-prepared Dutch peeps. :ahhh

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #108 on: September 02, 2020, 04:30:35 PM »
It's a bilge pump!  If the dams ever break every Dutch car owner need only pump the handle a few times and the water is gone. :D

Smart people the Dutch.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #109 on: September 02, 2020, 07:02:14 PM »
It's a bilge pump!  If the dams ever break every Dutch car owner need only pump the handle a few times and the water is gone. :D

Smart people the Dutch.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #110 on: September 03, 2020, 11:10:35 AM »
Like some others in this thread (recently, and less recently :P)  I am astonished to discover there are people who do not use the parking brake.

I use it all the time, on all the cars (bike less so, bit it is generally pretty safe on the stand :P )

With the manuals I'll generally pull up, brake on, out of gear, foot brake off, let it "Rest" on the brakes, then gear back in(either 1st or R, depending on the incline) as a "safeAty"

in the Auto, same sort of deal, pull up, neutral, handbrake, let it "rest" then Park (if I don't do this and it is holding the weight on the "Park" gear, it's a prick to get back to N or a gear the next drive, if it is physically difficult, I have to assume it's not good for the vehicle)


Just as an aside, since we're talking about brakes - the wagon has this kind of park brake - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmission_brake
I have no idea if is better or worse than wheel brakes for parking, but I still think it is neat.
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #111 on: September 03, 2020, 12:51:40 PM »
^
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #112 on: September 09, 2020, 11:56:48 AM »
Like some others in this thread (recently, and less recently :P)  I am astonished to discover there are people who do not use the parking brake.

 :iagree:  I din't even knew there ara people in the world that don't even use the handbrake when parking a car...  :sa:

That's like, "driving school and safety 101"...

Every since i have a car and a licence i always park it and pull the handbrake and shift it in a gear opposite to the road inclination. If it's flat i just gear it in 1st.

Mind you i only drive manual gear box cars, never even been inside a automatic gear box car. But nevertheless, if a manual handbrake exists, it's there to be used, period. Same way as if a lock exists on a door, it's supposed to be locked.

As for electronic parking systems.... i'm from a mechanical engineering background, so i'll trust a fully mechanical system miles before i'll trust an electronic driven one...  >:D

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #113 on: September 10, 2020, 12:32:48 AM »
I do, all the time.  It's how I learned.   :cheers:

My wife doesn't, ever.  It's how she learned.   :dunno:
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #114 on: September 10, 2020, 11:23:52 AM »
I do, all the time.  It's how I learned.   :cheers:

My wife doesn't, ever.  It's how she learned.   :dunno:

I was taught the same when I learned, and when I drove a manual I used it all the time, but since moving to an automatic I only use it when parking on slopes/hills
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #115 on: September 10, 2020, 02:40:54 PM »
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #116 on: September 10, 2020, 02:56:12 PM »
It may have already been said but I use it when I drive a stick shift, but not as much when I drive an auto. I DO always use it when parking on a hill. That is the point at which I turn my wheels to point into the curb (when facing downhill) or pointing away from the curb when parked facing uphill. This is so that the truck will stop against the curb with minimal rolling in the event that both the transmission and the e-brake fail. And I always set the e-brake before taking my foot off the regular brake to help save the transmission.

Wintertime is a different story. As others have said, the e-brake cable and shoes can freeze up, so I never use it in the winter, and if I have to, I warm the truck up a while before attempting to disengage
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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #117 on: September 12, 2020, 03:10:47 PM »
Sad to see they are a thing on less and less newer vehicles.  :-\

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #118 on: September 14, 2020, 12:46:18 AM »
I drive Dodge 3500 and 5500s all the time now and pull gooseneck trailers with tractors / heavy machinery.

I always set the parking break when loading up mulchers, tractors and skytrims onto the trailer.

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Re: Am I the only one who uses a parking brake?
« Reply #119 on: September 14, 2020, 05:00:37 AM »
Sad to see they are a thing on less and less newer vehicles.  :-\

Actually I dont think that's the case at all. In Massachusetts these days, for new drivers license tests, not only must the vehicle have a parking brake, it MUST be in the center console area, as the proctors wants to be able to use it in the event they need it.

I am ways stymied by how we managed to get through the 1970's and 1980's? All we had when my brother took his drivers exam was a 1978 Ford pickup and a 1970's Chrysler station wagon. They both had left foot pedal e-brake, with a handle to pull and release. Both reachable only on the driver's side, to the left of the wheel. Whatever did police and driver license authorities do if they needed a brake back then?

 

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