Why Should You Press the Brake When Starting a Car?

January 23, 2024

If you try to start a car without pressing the brake pedal, you’ll probably be disappointed. That’s because most newer cars with automatic transmissions require that you press the brake pedal while turning the key. It’s a safety feature that prevents the car from taking off as you crank the engine and prevents accidents.

In order to start your car, press the brake pedal (it’s usually on the right) and move the gear shift into first gear if you have a manual transmission. Once the gear shift is in first gear, keep your foot pressed on the brake and slowly start lifting it off of the accelerator. This will help you find the “biting point” (it’s where the car moves forward when you press down on the accelerator). Once the biting point is found, the engine can be started by moving the gear shift back into Park and turning the key.

If you can’t get your car to start, it may be because the brake switch is defective. That’s why it’s important to check the brake switch regularly, and to replace it if needed. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, contact a professional mechanic for help. They can quickly figure out what’s wrong with your car and solve the issue so you don’t have to spend a lot of time on it.


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