also, regarding autos:
I don't know much about them and have never driven on but if the transmission does lock a wheel when in park then it is still only one wheel so on a rear wheel drive car if you use the handbrake you get twice the braking and on a front wheel drive car three times the braking so for the sake of other people (and your own insurance if a small parking bump ends up with your car rolling into an oncoming car) then I will always use the handbrake no matter what car. Other people will have their own views but thats the way i regard it. It is there to keep my car where I put it and thats what i will use it for (as well as the odd handbrake turn of course).
When I was taught to drive, i was taught to use the handbrake (which is what it's actually called mainly in the UK) whenever I park, whether it be on a hill, or on the flattest of surfaces. Hell, if I didn't use it, I would have failed the test, whether it be in an Auto or a Manual. Hence, I don't get why people (mainly Americans, from my experiences) don't use the parking brake when parking.
That means you havent been driving much...give it another 10 years you use the handbrake less and less
Heck I used to pull the handbrake each time Im on the light or when the car not moving for more than 5 secs or when on a hill (panic...cant control the clutch after that).
Now Im always on foot brake so the car never rolls. Depending on my mood the car is always on 1st gear, foot on clutch, foot on break and always ready to move.
I just hate those people in front where they already have the handrake and still get the car rolling backward when they release it. Some just let the car float around when stationary, no handbrake, no foot brake.
But I must agree yes hand brake should always be used when parking or stationary in a traffic for a long time... on manual or automatic (not sure on auto as I only driven it once - US ppl will know better on this)
Autocar can still be as fun.
I was told by the dealer to only use right foot for accelerating and braking...changing between the 2 pedals.
I got really bored after a few minutes so I decided to drive it like a go-kart, left foot braking and right foot on accelarator.
Still boring without the extra pedal and the stick
I've been driving for 18 years, and I actually find I use the handbrake more than I did when I first started driving. Like confused I was taught to always use the handbrake when I was learning, but as soon as I passed that went out the window, like you it was the foot brake or clutch control, now however I tend to use the handbrake a lot more, and no I'm not an old fuddy duddy driving, I have just found it is quicker off the lights to release the handbrake than the footbrakeOriginally Posted by Ricky327
I have just found it is quicker off the lights to release the handbrake than the footbrake.
Not in my case cause my hand doesnt know where the handbrake is...I cant look either cause my eyes are focused on the light
But I'm not stupid enough to park on the side of a road.Originally Posted by Confused
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Been driving in some way or another for 11 years which is not a huge amount of time but i am 24 (farms, circuits) and I would agree with Enforcer that I have started to use my handbrake much more in recent years as I used to just use the foot brake and clutch but when you live in country areas (back home not Bristol) and you have a really steep incline with not much visibility onto a national limit road (60-70mph for those not in the UK) it is sometimes best to just use the handbrake as you really dont want to be riding the clutch with high revs if you are likely to be sitting there for a while waiting for a gap. Yeah i don't bother with the handbrake most of the time but i sometimes its just a bit safer and easier on the car (and people who drop back 10ft when they release the handbrake just can't drive )Originally Posted by Ricky327
Just for the record, I am not sure what the hell a parking pawl is, but automatic transmission does not lock a wheel, all it does is make drive wheels spin in different directions, thats why if you manage to push an automatic car you only get one skid mark, because the other wheel is free to rotate as it pleases, if you push the car back you will get a skidmark on the other side.
As far as manual, if manual car is in neutral and has its ebrake set, its still easily pushable with another car.