To press the button in on my hand-break before pulling it up to put the break on

(36 Posts)
DuelingFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 15:38:45

because I did in my mum's car and she said 'don't push the button in, just pull it up'.

I have always pushed it in.

KatoPotato Tue 25-Jun-13 15:40:04

How strange, I was just thinking that today too! (mumsnet woo)

The official instructions in my handbook say button only to release, but oh the NOISE! It can;t be good for it surely!

ArthurSixpence Tue 25-Jun-13 15:41:48

Button in to pull it up - that noise is metal teeth on metal teeth, and it causes wear. To the teeth and your ears.

Lamazeroo Tue 25-Jun-13 15:41:53

YABU to refer to it as a 'break'.
YANBU to push the button in.

Fakebook Tue 25-Jun-13 15:42:28

I push it down when pulling up but then let go for the last bit so I can hear it's been put up all the way. I think that's what the sound is supposed to be for.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Tue 25-Jun-13 15:42:33

You're not meant to push the button to put it on in my car, only to release. Does it matter? You should definitely take the handbrake off before trying to drive away though. My car really doesn't like it when I forget!

MerryOnMerlot Tue 25-Jun-13 15:42:33

Use the button - that's what it's for.

Mums don't actually always know best grin

MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Tue 25-Jun-13 15:43:07

Your mum is wrong and she's fucking up her handbrake.

My mum does it too - did they not used to have push buttons or something?

She also hasn't yet adjusted to the fact cars have five (or six) gears these days and doesn't know what fifth is for.

Thumbwitch Tue 25-Jun-13 15:44:49

I was taught by my driving instructor to push the button in on the handbrake, and always do. I agree, it saves wear on the ratchet teeth.

So YANBU to push it in. Your mum may not have been taught the same thing though - my mum always used to just pull it up as well (noisy).

IvanaCake Tue 25-Jun-13 15:45:35

I have no idea whether I press the button or not! I will pay closer attention when I go out later and report back

Knowing me I have been doing it wrong for the last 15 years

My driving instructor told me it is the correct thing to do - testers hate hearing the noise of the teeth when you put on the brake. So YANBU
(but it's brake not break!)

Trazzletoes Tue 25-Jun-13 15:46:51

YANBU you should push the button in when putting the brake on.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DuelingFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 15:51:35

isn't it a break. i said Hand-break too!

hmm, Kato - officially we are supposed to just pull up then shock

DuelingFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 15:52:47

doh - sorry - spelling. Brake! Doh (I am a numpty!

Thumbwitch Tue 25-Jun-13 15:57:42
DuelingFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 15:59:48

grin see, when I think back the creaking sound is something I remember from my childhood trips in cars - is this perhaps something that the older generation (I am 43 so I mean, like, really old wink) do?

Really mortified by the break/brake thing!

eurozammo Tue 25-Jun-13 16:04:14

Yep, I agree with the others - she is wrong and wearing out the teeth on the brake mechanism.

SoniaGluck Tue 25-Jun-13 16:10:24

DH winds me up with this.

He swears you don't need to press the button and he never does. My argument is that my driving instructor told me to do it to reduce wear and tear, as other people have said, and I always do.

His evidence is that on television dramas you always hear the grating when they put the hand brake on. It's true, you do. But that doesn't necessarily mean that it's right.

DuelingFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 16:10:58

interesting watchdog piece on handbreaks. The car I was driving is a Vauxhall!

Driving standards agency says generally you should push the button in but some manufacturers say you shouldn't.

DuelingFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 16:11:26

argghh - I did it again. Hand BRAKES I mean. doh.

RobotBananas Tue 25-Jun-13 16:13:08

Agree that you should push it in. Advanced driving instructor told me to. You'll wear it out otherwise

BrokenBanana Tue 25-Jun-13 16:13:31

I do that all the time and am constantly getting told off by my driving instructor! He reckons you should push in every time

IcingTheCake Tue 25-Jun-13 16:13:47

YADNBU My dad does this, because he says he can't be bothered to push the button! He also does it while the car isn't fully stopped. I'm going to be so smug when his handbrake needs replacing!

FeckOffCup Tue 25-Jun-13 16:13:54

I never thought you had to put the button in to apply the handbrake until my husband explained to me that noise when applying it=bad, my dad never ever put the button in to put it on so I thought it was supposed to make that noise.

OddBoots Tue 25-Jun-13 16:21:04

I always used to but now I drive a Prius and it has a foot version with no button so you always get that grating noise.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 25-Jun-13 16:26:22

I hold the button in so far, then release and pull up for one more notch. That final click is reassuring smile

valiumredhead Tue 25-Jun-13 16:36:23

Use the button!

specialsubject Tue 25-Jun-13 17:04:19

you always push the button in unless you like spending excessive amounts on fixing your car.

in the same way as you drive smoothly and anticipate to avoid wasting fuel. Most people don't know that either.

OP - your mum is wrong.

DuelingFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 17:15:23

Dunno - if you watch the video I linked to but they say for a vauxhall you shouldn't push the button.

specialsubject Tue 25-Jun-13 17:18:58

I guess that is because they want to make sure you put the handbrake on firmly so they don't get sued when your car rolls away. They will assume that you are too dumb to check.

and of course when the handbrake wears prematurely, you pay them to fix it!

ShatnersBassoon Tue 25-Jun-13 17:20:15

The ratchet isn't damaged by not depressing the release button. A ratchet is designed to be ratcheted (!) ie you don't have to have a smooth action around the teeth.

beginnings Tue 25-Jun-13 17:24:34

I've always pushed the button as the noise sets my teeth on edge. My mother never does and it drives me bonkers.

Who knew I wasn't supposed to!

soverylucky Tue 25-Jun-13 17:26:37

At last - proof that I am right and MIL is wrong. The noise when she puts the handbrake on - I was convinced it was her lack of button action and I am right. Can't wait to tell her next time I am in car with her.

DuelingFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 17:27:50

Does she drive a Vauxhall though?

caroldecker Tue 25-Jun-13 17:51:06

don't think i've used the handbrake for about 20 yrs, so no help i'm afraid

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