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1,921 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by Carmella

Do you always engage the emergency brake when parking your vehicle?
My boyfriend always does and insists that you should. I only do if I am parking on a hill or on uneven pavement.


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12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 10/21/08 - 5:12:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. It's pretty important. Otherwise it could roll.

He's right, though he should still cook dinner one night.

12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 10/21/08 - 8:14:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
In my truck, I do every time. On my bike, seeings as that's not an option, I leave it in gear.
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 10/22/08 - 10:03:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
its better for your transmission
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 10/24/08 - 10:28:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Even if you are parked level it saves wear on the transmission (automatics).
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 10/26/08 - 5:47:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/24/08 - 10:28:42 PM marc780 wrote:
Even if you are parked level it saves wear on the transmission (automatics).

Yah.
12 yrs ago - Sunday 11/2/08 - 1:19:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only if I'm on a hill
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/08 - 12:48:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
I did when I lived in Pittsburgh because there were a lot of hills. Now that I live in Phoenix I haven't had to because it is in a valley and it is mostly flat.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/08 - 1:06:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not really, I don't park on many hills and it's kinda hard to reach my parking brake. I'll do it on occasion and when I have to, but not all the time.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/08 - 1:15:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. It's a habit I got into after I took a class in the military. It was a requirement for driving military cars, and I just started doing it with my own as well. Now it feels odd not to, like when I forget to put on my seatbelt.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/9/09 - 1:03:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. My car rolls if I don't.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/9/09 - 1:22:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've never parked without setting the parking brake. My friend never sets hers unless she parks on a hill, and it drives me crazy. I'm afraid she's gonna park on a slight incline one day and forget that it's not on flat ground and not set the brake.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/9/09 - 3:22:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yep. It's just out of habit though.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/9/09 - 3:37:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
Emergency brake , is that what it's called in the US?
I don't think it's for emergency use only so I use it whenever I park my car.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/9/09 - 8:08:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
not usually...the e brake is used for tearing up lawns :)
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/9/09 - 8:22:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
I was just thinking it seems funny that you call it an 'emergency break'. It gives it a totally different feel to what I see as the British concept. We just call it the 'handbrake' and use it all the time- - on my driving lessons they even said it should be used at junctions if you stay still for more than a few seconds.

Interesting how a name and an idea can almost turn the same brake into two quite different things....
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 12/9/09 - 8:45:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's commonly referred to as a handbrake in the states too, glenn.
However, on most trucks in the states, the brake is operated by the driver's foot.



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