Just a thought, Handbrakes...

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  1. old-mo

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    On mine and most M.Homes the handbrake is on the right of the drivers seat, obviously to facilitate swivelling drivers seat...

    But why, if you are driving along and should collapse at the wheel, the passenger could not reach the hand brake on most...

    Why not put an electric switched hand brake in/on.. :)
     
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    Expense.

    Plus the yanks haven't grasped the concept of efficient brakes yet.
    Same with headlights.
     
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    Or one that pulls out from the dashboard. I'm sure we had a car or two like that....
     
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    Once again....American technology hasn't advanced that far yet.
     
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    We have an electric switched handbrake on our Mercedes, its on the right had side of the dash, below the light switch, even harder for the passenger to reach than the conventional handbrake lever on our Ducato
     
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    Two of our Toyotas have had dash mounted parking brakes. My son's work van has one as well.
     
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    It's only a parking brake. If you put yours (Mo) on in motion they'd likely catch fire long before you stopped :LOL:
     
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    Handbrake is quite difficult to release if you haven't got long arms - anyone fitted a handbrake extension, are they any good?
     
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    In mine the handbrake is usually sat in the passenger seat :imoutahere:
     
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    I got a handbrake extension on my Citroen Jumper based Chausson,shoulder injury the real reason,works well BUT needed a day or two to not accidentally knock it off getting in and out.!!
     
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    Err... Toyota is Japanese.

    I forgot Mo had a eurobox icecream van which is why I referred to yanks.
     
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    Ours is in the middle on RHD Merc, but like Techno says, I really wouldn't fancy using it anger when moving

    Couple of other hand brake related comments

    MOT today nearly failed on handbrake, pulled it as instructed, when he said harder it made a god awful noise and I thought it had sheared something, he tapped around and we repeated the test with no issue. The only time it gets pulled is annually during MOT, must make a point of pulling it occasionally, joy of autos (or not)

    My Mercedes estate has a function you could use, but possibly even more scary, I didn't know we had the 'feature' until this week

    Going down our drive at about 10 mph, noticed a carrier bag that had been blown in with the wind, decided to open drivers door and pick it up as I passed, will never do that again, opening the door the bloody thing automatically jumps to park, whip lash injuries all round!! not sure at what speed that facility stops but I remember my Dad on our older cars when I was much younger(40 odd years ago) was always opening his door to slam shut while moving, this would slow him down, literally
     
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    Thank you Techno, Puddleduck and Baldeagle. :LOL:
     
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    Mine has an airbag in the seat... Sorry that is windbag !
     
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    Actually Andy, it isn't.
    It primary purpose is an emergency service brake.
    That's why, on the MOT, it's tested with the rollers turning...same as foot brake, rather than stationary.
     
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    If your seat rotates I would look at my link but if drivers seat is fixed then Kobran is OK
    I've heard the Kobran in not such a good fit on X250 handbrakes
     
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    Well of course it depends how fast you are going :LOL:
    A huge difference between parking and stopping over 4 ton on the move.
     
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    My seat swivels and the handbrake is on the left but when you engage it, it returns to the horizontal "off" position. Do they have a "smug" smiley ? :LOL:
     
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