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Should I Be Using My Emergency Brake More Often?

Parking Brake

Did you know that there is more than one brake system in your vehicle? The one we commonly use is known as the service brake, which is the primary brake system that is engaged whenever you press on the brake pedal. The other brake system functions as a supplementary brake and should be employed in case of service brake failure. This other brake system is often called the emergency brake. However, it has many different names: parking brake, e-brake, or handbrake.

Since it is most often called the emergency brake, most people are under the impression that you should only use it in case of emergencies, such as when your service brakes stop working. We're here to tell you that it is simply a myth. You'd be surprised to know that you should be using your e-brakes ALL THE TIME (or every time you park). Doing so will help ease the stress and tension on the transmission and other drive components. The emergency brake also prevents your vehicle from rolling away if you're parked on a steep slope.

When Should I Apply My E-Brake?

  • Parked on a Hill
  • Parked on Flat Ground
  • Parked Along a Curb
  • Your Service Brake Fails
  • Your Vehicle is Getting Worked On
  • Changing Your Tires

There are a few rare occasions where you should not use your e-brake. You should avoid using your e-brake whenever temperatures are icy and below freezing. During the frigid weather, your emergency brake cable may get frozen and fail to release when the lever is disengaged. If your emergency brake solidifies, you'll have to wait for the ice on the brake to melt before driving.

We hope you learned a thing or two about your vehicle's complex braking systems. Brakes are essential to your safety while also preserving your vehicle's condition. If you are experiencing complications with your brake system, we invite you to Elite Imports & Auto Repair for a complete inspection. Our expert team will be happy to address your concerns and repair your brakes if needed. Please give us a call at (720) 634-1777 or visit our shop today!