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Old 01-04-2010, 11:16 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by dcb View Post
huh, I just use the hill brake on hills. put it in first, then rev it, release clutch and hill(parking/hand) brake simultaneously.
That wouldn't work in at least 3 of my most recent vehicles. It was absolutely necessary in one of the first ones.

In the former statement, those vehicles didn't have hand brakes (or parking brakes at all, for that matter).

The latter, that one didn't have service brakes. I stopped it (and drove over 1,000 miles) with the hand brake and downshifting, only using the brake pedal to activate the brake light switch.

It started out that I couldn't afford to fix the service brakes, so I kept driving using the e-brake until I got the parts I needed. Then, I just got lazy because I was so used to doing it that way that I could drive/slow down/stop just as safely as most people do with service brakes. I learned about "cushion distance" in this car.
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