Why is the parking brake called hand brake? Mechanics?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The most common use for a parking brake is to keep a vehicle motionless when it is parked.

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    ... because it is used by hand, rather than by foot? (I don't think I've heard the foot-activated kind called a "hand brake"...) – Daniel Griscom Apr 12 '18 at 2:17
  • in what way does the wikipedia article fail to answer this question? – agentp Apr 12 '18 at 3:47

It’s only recently that parking brakes are electronic... most have been hand-operated with a few that were foot operated. Mercedes had foot operated parking brakes for some models.

  • A lot of American manufactured vehicles still have foot operated parking brakes. GM is quite fond of them. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 12 '18 at 13:26
  • No one says you can't still use your hand on a foot pedal... :p – Travis Thomas Apr 27 '18 at 18:13

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