If you park on a flat driveway or surface, you probably don’t NEED to use your parking brake. However, it is generally a good idea to put the parking brake into regular use.
There are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to get into the habit of using your parking brake. One is safety. Not even so much as the safety of keeping the car from rolling down hill should it slip out of gear, but more of the safety you get from keeping the car from rolling over you if you get out and forgot to put the car in Park!
Another reason to use it is that if you rarely use the parking brake the cables may rust and that one time you do use it, it gets stuck and you need to have the car towed.
Have no fear! Many auto manufacturers are resolving this dilemma by having cars automatically apply and disengage the parking brake as needed! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!