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I drove off my driveway and up the hill about 100 feet until I realized that I still had my emergency brake on. I was wondering if anything bad could happen to my car. I know that I could Google it, but I did and most results were for people who drive a lot more than me before realizing they still had it on. I know this isn't tech related either but I just want to make sure my car is fine. Thanks!

asked Aug 02 '11 at 12:43

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This happens sometimes don't worry. Basically you wasted more fuel and also you may want to check if the emergency brakes are worn.

answered Aug 02 '11 at 12:51

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The ironic part was that I was actually driving to my emissions test haha. Ok thanks!

And I just got the car yesterday and the dealer said that they gave me new brakes. So I expect that they are fine.

(Aug 02 '11 at 12:56) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

Why do americans call it the emergency brake? You dont use it in an emergency at all! (but thats another argument :)

The only bad thing that may have happened is you will have worn your brake pads a little, but over 110 feet, it will be negligible.

answered Aug 02 '11 at 12:54

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So its safe to say that my car is fine.

(Aug 02 '11 at 13:31) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

The emergency brake can be used as a standard brake if the standard brake fails. When I was taught, in emergency situations, you can use it to slow down till you are in a safe situations.

(Aug 02 '11 at 16:44) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

Its not exactly its primary use though is it? But this is off topic, and another discussion

(Aug 02 '11 at 18:21) barnsleynut barnsleynut's gravatar image

Driving 100 foot with your (we call it a handbrake) on will hardly wear down the brake pads. Its like, stopping up somewhere about 10 times using it, It hardly does any damage, though it consumes fuel like a bastard though

answered Aug 02 '11 at 17:02

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