How to Check
Brakes and Handbrake for the UK Driving Test

For the practical test, the Tell Me/Show me question :-
Show me how you would check the parking brake(handbrake) for excessive wear
What you have to do :-
Apply the footbrake firmly brake that when it is fully. Demonstrate by applying parking (handbrake) applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

For the practical test, the Tell Me/Show me question :-
Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
What you have to do :-
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

For the practical test, the Tell Me/Show me question :-
Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system
What you have to do :-
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

The steps you need to take when checking the handbrake in your car

The foot brake operates the brakes on all four wheels. Typically, the braking system on a modern front wheel drive car comprises two hydraulic systems. Each is connected to a front and a rear wheel. This ensures that should there be a leak of hydraulic fluid from either system, at least half the braking force will still be available.

Note any variations in the braking efficiency. If the brakes feel spongy or the vehicle pulls to one side when braking, get them checked by a qualified mechanic.

Excessive use of the foot brake, particularly when travelling down a long steep downhill gradient, will normally cause the brakes to overheat and they are liable to become less effective. This is known a Brake Fade which is more likely to happen on cars fitted with drum brakes, but it can still apply to those fitted with disc brakes as well. To assist with the control of the car and avoid brake fade, it is advisable to make use of an appropriate lower gear in accordance with the steepness of gradient.

The handbrake or parking brake is used to hold the car still after it has stopped. It operates on two wheels only (usually the back) and, unlike the other brakes, it is mechanically operated.
Usually, you can feel if the handbrake needs adjusting if the lever travel is very high.
Any adjustments to the handbrake should be made by a qualified mechanic.

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