seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Update on informal poll RE brakes...

To add my own data point, I call it an emergency brake. I've hardly ever used it for parking, unless I had to park on someplace incredibly steep. I drive a manual transmission, not automatics, in case that's of interest.

I would therefore never think of calling it a parking brake, since I don't use it to park, but HAVE used it on three occasions to stop a car whose brakes had failed (and on one such occasion, had to keep driving that car without main brakes for about a week).

It's clear that "emergency brake" is still fairly commonly used , but only, it appears, in the USA, and handbrake and parking brake are common, becoming effectively universal outside the USA. This fits with a Usenet conversation I have been in.
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