Also called the parking brake, this is the lever usually placed to the left of the driver’s seat.

The hand-brake keeps the car stopped when it is stationary without having to apply pressure to the foot brake. Unlike the foot brake, the hand-brake only works on the two rear wheels, so it must never be used when the car is moving as it could cause a severe skid.

Use the hand-brake when a stop turns to a wait, such as at traffic lights, or when parked.

To release the hand-brake, take the lever in your palm, press the button with your thumb and, holding the button down, push the lever down as far as it will go. To pull the hand-brake on, take the lever in your palm, press the button with your thumb and, holding the button down, pull the lever firmly up and release the button. Never pull the hand-brake on without holding the button down - this causes a clicking sound and can wear out the ratchet which holds the hand-brake on.

When the hand-brake is 'on' a red warning light shows on the instrument panel in front of the driver. When the hand-brake is off the warning light goes off. This is to warn the driver in the event of a faulty hand-brake or if the driver has inadvertently left the hand-brake on when driving off.