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When Should I Use My Parking Brake?

When Should I Use My Parking Brake?

  There are two brake systems in every vehicle. The one that we commonly use is the service brake, and that is the primary brake system that is activated when you step on the brake pedal. The secondary brake system, which is often overlooked, functions as a backup if the service brake fails. Since many view the secondary brake as a backup, this is why the secondary brake system is often referred to as the emergency brake. However, it is also often called the parking brake, e-brake, or handbrake.   Most people assume that since it is called an emergency brake, it means you hardly should ever use it. "Only in case of emergencies," people might think. However, that is a common myth. You should almost always use your parking brake whenever and wherever you park. Yes - that applies to both manual and automatic cars.  Why Should I Always Use It? Your car's brakes are controlled by a parking pawl, which is a device that locks up your transmission when you put ... read more

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