Re: [DML] "Paking Brake" versus "Hand Brake" or "Emergency Brake"
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Re: [DML] "Paking Brake" versus "Hand Brake" or "Emergency Brake"



In the UK and I'd assume the rest of europe (and anywhere else where manual transmission cars are in the majority), the handbrake is taught to be used for keeping the car stationary as the driver repositions his or her right foot to the accellerator and finds the bite point with the left. It really is very useful for this!

It's also used when parking, and when stopped for any length of time (eg at traffic lights). The warning symbol in my Citroen is "!"

Martin

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Subject: [DML] "Paking Brake" versus "Hand Brake" or "Emergency Brake"

Speaking as a CDL driver:

We are taught that the brake mechanism that holds a vehicle stationary whenever your foot is off the pedal is called a "Parking Brake."

That is what 49 CFR 383.41 (Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Act of 1986) call it: http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/393/41

That is what our Commercial Driver's Manual calls it: http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/561951_358192504226006_100001057778755_1066289_720549255_n.jpg

I'm pretty sure that is what the owner's manual in my bus calls it (dash indicator is a Red "P"). I will scan the pertinent page after I get back to town.

Doesn't matter what anybody in Europe calls it. In America -- the country to which every single production DeLorean was exported -- it's a "parking brake."

Moreover, we are taught to only use that brake for parking. If you lock up the wheels while you're moving, you lose the ability to control the vehicle. With the primary brake system you have the ability to stab the brakes and release as necessary to retain steering control. 

Bill Robertson
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