Regarding your article on automatic parking brakes on May 23. In the old days, the parking brake used to be called an “emergency brake”. Many years ago, I had occasion to use this feature. The previous owner of my 1954 Mercury had installed a duel exhaust system with one of the tail pipes too close to a rear brake line. Eventually the chafing wore through the brake line and I lost all the brake fluid. I used the transmission’s lower gears to slow the car and then the emergency hand brake to stop the car.
Can I use my parking brake in the same way on my Lexus if the main brakes fail? Also, if I buy a car with an automatic parking how could I use this to stop the car? Thanks.