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With the electronic brake, I find it's best to stay in the habit of manually applying it when parking the car. That way, you won't forget to apply the handbrake when driving a conventional car - you'll only forget to release it when driving off, and that's soon remembered when the car doesn't go anywere
Watch out for hill starts where you bring the clutch up to bite and then change your mind. You may find yourself rolling back because the car has released the brake.
In an emergency (i.e. failure of the car's normal brakes) pulling and holding out the handbrake lever will apply the parking brake even though the car is still moving. This same technique can also be handy if you need to stop the car in an exact position on a hill - you can hold it on the gas and clutch, and then pull and hold the handbrake lever until the brake engages.
You think it's a silly gimmick until you have to go back to a car with a conventional handbrake. It's only then that you realise just how convenient the electronic one really is.
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2010 Laguna III Initiale.