Setting the parking brake in my rental
car was easy. You just step down on the
parking brake foot pedal.
However, trying to release the parking brake
was a different story. I first tried to pull
the control just above the parking brake pedal
(see lower arrow), but instead of releasing
the brake, the hood was released. The actual
brake release control was located far above
the parking brake pedal (see upper arrow.)
Why did I make this mistake?
I think it was because I, as well as most people,
expect related controls to be near one another.
The proximity of the hood release control
(lower arrow) to the parking
brake foot pedal as well as their similar color made them
appear to be related.
Although there were pictorial labels on the
hood release and parking brake release controls,
they were small and hard to see
while seated in the driver's seat.
- Put the parking brake release next to
the parking brake pedal and make them the same color.
- Move the hood release away from
the parking brake pedal.
- Make the labels on the hood release and
the parking brake pedal release easier to read while seated
in the driver's seat.
Michael J. Darnell 1996-2010. All rights reserved.