parking brake


park·​ing brake ˈpär-kiŋ- How to pronounce parking brake (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The actor craned his body out of the large vehicle to check on his nephew, without setting the parking brake, and with a missed step fell under the tracks of the moving vehicle. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2023 Worried for his nephew’s safety, Renner stuck one foot out of the plow to look back at Alex, neglecting to set the parking brake. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 6 Apr. 2023 When things freeze, avoid using your parking brake. oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2023 The danger, caused by a valve module that could leak air, is that the truck could roll away if the driver parks the truck or takes their foot off the brake believing that the parking brake is activated. Bendix, a Tesla parts supplier. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 31 Mar. 2023 Tesla’s electric Semi trucks are being recalled over a faulty electronic parking brake, according to a notice posted online by the NHTSA. Matt Novak, Forbes, 2 Apr. 2023 Instead, its normal action activates an electronic parking brake. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 2 Apr. 2023 To prevent golf cart accidents, drivers must remember the following rules: To be driven on public streets, the carts must have safety features including seat belts, headlights, taillights, parking brake, windshield and wiper, horn, and rear and side mirrors. Daniel Lustig, Sun Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2022 Apply the parking brake on all vehicles. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parking brake was in 1924

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“Parking brake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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