Ask a Question

Are electronic handbrakes safe?

I am giving some car advice to a friend who is looking at the possibility of a small SUV/crossover. The trouble is the ones that are popular appear to limited to the use of an automated handbrake. I like the use of modern technology, but an automated handbrake sounds dangerous. What are you opinions on them?

Asked on by

I have been running a Honda HR-V with one of these brake for 13,000 miles. It sensibly has a dual function electromechanical parking brake. On is on and cannot be released other than by the switch while simultaneously pressing the brake pedal. But it also has a green brake hold switch, that automatically locks the brakes on whenever you brake to a stop and automatically releases them when you set off again. You have to pre-set that for each journey, but it seems to me to be the most effective solution to not having a proper lever operated handbrake.
Similar questions
My recently purchased Peugeot 3008 comes with an electric parking brake as standard. This is the first car I have owned with this type of brake, and I am struggling to master it. With the car on a level...
During over 50 years of driving experience, it has always been a puzzle to me as to why it is that, when parking on a level road, so many drivers attempt to pull the parking brake lever from its mountings....
I am looking at replacing my 2009 Renault Scenic III 1.4 TCE Expression. I very much like its engine so I would be looking for a motor with a comparable performance but with a much better MPG. I also swore...

Ask Honest John

Value my car