I am getting a lot of messages what is Brake Hold [Automatic Brake Hold ABH] and How it works on Civic X. I explained it in my few blogs. Lets add the Electronic Parking Brake [EPB] to this matter and explain it again in simple words.
Its the replacement of conventional hand brake. Conventional hand brake use a lever which you pull to physically engage the parking brake. EPB also engage the parking brake. Just pull up the button and it will get engaged. Always use EPB when you park. Make sure you release the EPB before you start driving. Press the brake pedal and push the button downwards and it will release.
Few people asked what happens when you hit the EPB while in motion. Well unlike conventional handbrake where doing so can result in unexpected maneuver and car may go out of control at high speed, EPB is different.. if you hit the button by mistake, the car will start slowing down and will comes to complete stop. Its still recommended that you don't try this unless in case of emergency.
Automatic brake hold is nice little feature which is getting common nowadays especially European cars . On automatic cars when you stop on red light or if you are in stop and go traffic, you need to move your foot from accelerator to brake pedal. You have to keep your foot on brake pedal till the time traffic starts moving and you press accelerator to move.
ABH is here to help. once you engage this system, you don't need to keep your foot on the brake pedal. Like if there is stop and go traffic, you are moving and then when you see a vehicle stopped in front of you, you push brake pedal and come to stop. Now you can move your foot off the brake pedal and the car will remain stopped until you press the accelerator again. Once this system is engaged you still need to push the brake pedal to make it stop and then remove your foot.
Very Important: Please don't confuse it with radar based automatic braking. It is not automatic braking. ABH is just to reduce drivers fatigue in heavy traffic.
ABH is activated by pressing the Brake Hold button. Press it and start moving and when you apply the first brake the system will be activated. You will see a sign in dashboard as well that it is activated. To deactivate you press brake pedal and push the Brake Hold Button again. Interesting fact is the brake light will operate accordingly when the ABH is activated. It will lit when you are stopped.
ABH will not activate if you don't put on the seats belt or will cancel if you unbuckle your seat belt while driving.
It will deactivate when you park you car and move the shift to P or R [REVERSE]. ABH will also disengage after braking is applied for 10 minutes.