Driving with the brakes on: What is a handbrake and why it’s important

Check out this very bling handbrake!

There are many different parts of a car, it can be difficult to know where to start when learning how to control one’s vehicle. We do our best to focus on topics that can help the learner driver get some insight into the controls in the car and why they are essential to driving.
Handbrakes are also known as the ‘Parking brake’ in some quarters. It is the large lever that one will find in the middle of the two front seats in the vehicle you drive. The design of the handbrake can vary in more modern designs but you can guarantee that every car, van and lorry has one!The mechanism that runs it is known as a ‘latch’, not the sort that we find on door locks though although its a similar idea.
For example when you put a door or window ’on latch’ it usually stays there right? This is the same with the handbrake. Once it is pushed down on a stationary vehicle, the vehicle will not move at all. (providing that the handbrake is in good working order) This is particularly useful when parking on a hill as it will prevent the car or van from rolling down it. With practice it can be used during the drive, a careful mix of the foot brake, gas pedal as well as handbrake can help one manoeuvre a steep incline.
Automobile hand brakes take things that one step further and are made up of a cable connected from one end of the brake mechanism to the foot pedal on the drivers side. Like in manual cars the handbrake is manually operated and sits on the floor. It’s pretty hard to miss it but your Want Driving Lessons driving instructor can help if you are having trouble knowing when and how to use it.
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