Q: How do I apply the parking brake?

asked by on December 11, 2015

How do I apply the parking brake?

The parking brake is an extra brake to ensure the safety of your vehicle. It can be used to make sure the vehicle is not going anywhere when stopped. To apply the parking brake:

  1. Locate the parking brake on the driver’s side under the steering wheel.

  2. Press the parking brake pedal down until the parking brake pedal stops.

  3. To release the parking brake, pull the pedal up.

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