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B04 - How To Check Your Hand Brake

Show me how you would check the parking brake (hand brake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle

DSA Answer

Apply foot brake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (hand brake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Our Guide To The Driving Test

  1. Apply the foot brake, this will stop the vehicle from rolling forwards or backwards.

  2. Release the hand brake and then reapply it.

  3. Remove your foot from the foot brake; if the vehicle remains stationary and the handbrake hasn't travelled too far upwards then everything is OK.

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