Your brakes start pulling, now what?

By Alicia Jarvis
Updated on July 28, 2021


What should you do if your vehicle pulls to one side when you use the brakes?

Have the brakes checked as soon as possible – Your vehicle’s brakes must be functional and properly adjusted. If your vehicle leans to one side during braking, take it to a certified repair as soon as possible.


Can you use the hand/parking brake in an emergency?

When the vehicle comes to a complete stop, the parking brake holds it in place. In most cars, the parking brake only applies to the back wheels. If it is applied while the car is moving, there is a genuine risk of the braked wheels locking up and skidding.

As a result, the parking brake should not be utilised to stop a moving vehicle unless there is an emergency, such as a footbrake failure, which is extremely unusual with dual-circuit braking systems.