DRIVERS have been warned about a common winter handbrake issue that could leave you stranded.
As we move towards winter, motorists need to be better prepared for the way freezing temperatures affect their cars.
Drivers returning to cars that have sat in the cold for an extended period might find their manual handbrake doesn't work.
Without a way to free the brakes, you're stuck, but there's a simple solution to the problem.
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Simply switching on your engine and letting the area around the handbrake cable thaw should eventually get it free.
Drivers with an electric handbrake don't have a cable system, but are still at risk, as brake pads can become frozen to brake discs.
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The car experts at Insure2Drive reassured drivers that although frustrating, handbrakes usually get stuck on rather than off.
They offered advice on what to do if you find your handbrake isn't functioning in very cold weather.
'First, let your engine run for a bit.
'As your engine gets warmer, it should cause any ice to melt, which will allow you to disengage your handbrake.
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'You can speed the process a little by gently revving your engine, while attempting to disengage your handbrake several times could break up any remaining ice.'
They also reminded drivers: 'If it’s cold enough to freeze your handbrake in place, then you’ll have to beware of ice and other hazards when driving.'
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