2014 Acura RLX shown for demonstration purposes.

Electric Parking Brake

Located on the console behind the shift lever, the electric parking brake keeps your vehicle stationary when parked. Simply lift up the switch to engage the parking brake, and press it down to release it. You can also lightly depress the accelerator pedal to release the brake when the vehicle is on, your seat belt is fastened, and the shift lever is not in Park.

Automatic Brake Hold

Brake Hold is a useful feature, particularly in the city or wherever you have to stop the car frequently. Press the brake hold button located behind the shift lever to initiate the system. When you apply the brakes, stop the vehicle and the system indicates brake hold is engaged, the system will hold the brakes and keep the car stationary after you remove your foot from the brake pedal. Brake Hold releases the brakes the moment you apply pressure on the accelerator.

Understanding Anti-lock Brakes

Anti-lock brakes help drivers maintain steering control during hard braking. All current and most past Acura models are equipped with anti-lock brakes. Not only do they work differently than conventional brakes, they're used differently, too.

Difference from Conventional Brakes

When pushed hard, conventional brakes may cause wheels to lock up, making the steering ineffective. In contrast, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) allows drivers to continue steering while braking so they can maneuver around objects. An electronic control unit senses when a wheel is approaching lock up and intermittently reduces pressure several times a second. The process is much like that of pumping conventional brakes, but faster and better.

ABS Operation

The ABS emergency braking technique is different from that used with conventional brakes. During hard or severe braking conditions, drivers with ABS should press hard on the brake pedal and not let up. This is known as "stomp and steer.” Sometimes an ABS creates noise and causes the brake pedal to vibrate when the system is activated. Don't take your foot off the brake pedal if this happens. This is a normal occurrence, and your ABS is functioning properly.

Anti-lock Brakes Do's and Don'ts

If you have anti-lock brakes, or are considering buying a vehicle that has them, use them properly. In severe braking situations with anti-lock brakes, remember:

  • DO stomp on the brakes when braking hard.
  • DO maintain firm pressure on the brake pedal and continue steering to avoid a collision.
  • DON'T let up even if the system makes noise or the pedal vibrates.
  • DON'T pump the brakes.
  • DO drive safely.

Content may not apply to all models. Consult your owner's manual for specific information about your vehicle.