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Old 22nd October 2007, 17:39   #1
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Question hand brakes and their uses

I amy be totally green in this area - I engage the handbrakes only after parking. Is there any other use to it? Can they be used while running ?
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Old 22nd October 2007, 17:43   #2
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Yup for 180s and 360s
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Old 22nd October 2007, 17:46   #3
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Yup for 180s and 360s
and for burnout's on a FWD car.

But seriously speaking, engage the e-brake (as required) when descending down a steep incline so that you dont have to ride the brakes which could result in brake failure.

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Old 22nd October 2007, 17:54   #4
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Hand brake can also be used if you are at a uphill road & stopped at signal. This can ensure that you dont go backward while starting from signal.
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Yup for 180s and 360s

Good one

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Yeah, wait till I post a few pictures of guys doing that and toppling an Alto last night.
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Outside of the world of stunt driving, use only for parking and hill starts.

Actually, it would be better to say when stopped for more than a minute or so. Long red at the lights? Put on the handbrake, put the gear in neutral, and r e l a x

Saves the guy behind you from the glare of your brakelights too --- something I'd forgotten until I read it hear on Team-BHP recently.
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Saves the guy behind you from the glare of your brakelights too
They teach and train you on this in driving classes in UK.

Such ways of providing a bit of comfort to any co-driver is unheard of here where all you do is intimidate fellow drivers. Sadly sometimes it is the only way to make space for yourself on the road

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descending down a steep incline so that you dont have to ride the brakes which could result in brake failure.
Oh! for Christ's sake!
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@nitrous: LOL

@bullfrog: Yes such gestures are good I switch my headlights to parking if the signal is for more than a minute & also pull handbrake. This really helps as the car\person in front.
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Oh! for Christ's sake!
what? havent heard of, or experienced brake fade? If you have a point highlight it instead of posting just for the heck of it.

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This topic has already been extensively discussed here:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...everytime.html (Hand Brake - Do you use it everytime ?)
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I usually use hand brakes while I stop in red light and during parking...
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But seriously speaking, engage the e-brake (as required) when descending down a steep incline so that you dont have to ride the brakes which could result in brake failure.
ADI, you actually do that? You'd be better off using engine braking. Using the handbrake like that will wear it out within no time.

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what? havent heard of, or experienced brake fade?
U're driving in the '50s or what?

Braking at 20-30kph would have almost nothing to do with extreme build up which causes brake fade which is not so prominent today with the advent of ventilated discs.
Infact, Disc brakes were introduced first in the very early years of Formula 1 to tackle brake fade because drivers would lose braking efficiency after a better part of the race owing to tremendous heat build up resulting in almost boiling brake fluids and terribly hot brake shoes which stop doing their work.

Take it in a good way.
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