Automotive manufactures strive to make driving as stress free and easy as possible for the driver. An example of this is the auto-electric handbrake.
The auto-electric handbrake is linked to various systems in the car. When the vehicle is stopped the handbrake is applied by the computer. The vehicle is fitted with a gradient sensor. This monitors the gradient of the hill the vehicle has stopped on. A sensor is fitted to the clutch on manual transmission vehicles. When the clutch is released a signal is sent to the computer which releases the handbrake.
Dos and Don’ts with the Auto – Electric Handbrake:
- Do monitor the status of the handbrake before moving off. Check the “Auto” function is enabled on the handbrake switch. Check the dashboard for warning lights / notifications.
- Do enable the “Hill Hold” function on the switch. This prevents the car from rolling backwards on a slope or during a hill start.
- Do read the owner’s manual. This will clarify all the functions and operation tailored to your vehicle.
- Do listen for an audible electric motor noise to confirm the auto-electric handbrake is engaged.
- Don't remove your seat belt when the vehicle is in motion as the application of the auto - electric handbrake will be disabled.
- Don't open and doors when the vehicle is in motion as the application of the auto – electric handbrake will be disabled.