DRIVERS have been warned about an emergency switch that could save their lives.
Engine expert Tong shared the practical tip for “critical moments” on TikTok.
Tong explained what you should do if your brakes fail at high speeds.
He said: “In the event of brake failure, do not strike with the steering wheel.”
“Just remember this trick and it can save your life.”
Tong showed viewers how to operate the electronic parking brake while driving.
As the name suggests, this is usually used when parking and has the same effect as a mechanical handbrake.
In most modern cars, the handbrake lever has been replaced with an electronic version operated by a switch because it takes up less space.
If your brake pedal stops working, simply pull up on the switch and hold it until you come to a stop.
The rescue button is usually located on the center console next to the gear lever and is marked with the letter P in a circle.
It is safer to use at high speeds than a mechanical handbrake, which can cause you to lose control of the car.
Tong added: “The vehicle will judge whether the driver is in an emergency.”
“The electronic handbrake activates and helps the vehicle slow down until it comes to a stop.”
However, drivers must remember that they must hold down the switch to apply the brake.
Modern cars have safety features that prevent someone from accidentally tapping the brake button. Therefore, it only works if you hold it until the car stops.
You can tell it’s active because when you press it, a small light above the switch often lights up.
Familiarize yourself with your car’s specific configuration as some brake switches require pulling rather than pushing.
Social media commentators were stunned by the trick.
One said: “That’s why there is an emergency brake.”
Another added: “So cool, very interesting, I will definitely use it.”
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