Using the parking brake
Applying the parking brake
Symbol in the driver display
The symbol is illuminated when the parking brake is applied.
If the symbol flashes, it indicates a fault has occurred. Read the message on the driver display.
The parking brake is applied automatically:
- if the Auto Hold function (automatic braking when stationary) is activated and the car has been stationary approx. 5 minutes.
- when gear position P is selected on a steep hill.
- when the engine is switched off. (This function is optional, see the heading "Settings for parking brake" below.)
In an emergency, the parking brake can be applied when the vehicle is in motion by pulling and holding up the control. Braking stops when the control is released.
Releasing the parking brake
Parking on a hill
Always apply the parking brake when parking on a slope - leaving the car in gear, or in P if it has automatic transmission, is not sufficient to hold the car in all situation.
If the car is parked facing uphill:
- Turn the wheels away from the kerb.
If the car is parked facing downhill:
- Turn the wheels towards the kerb.
Heavy load uphill
A heavy load, such as a trailer, can cause the car to roll backward when the parking brake is released automatically on a steep incline. Avoid this by pulling the control upwards while driving the car away. Release the control when the engine achieves traction.
Settings for parking brake
It is possible to deactivate/reactivate the function for automatic application via the centre display: