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My question is not relevant to this thread, but I couldn't find the correct thread.
what does "brake hold" do exactly? It is just beside the "Parking brake". When do we need to use it? I never used it yet.
 

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My question is not relevant to this thread, but I couldn't find the correct thread.
what does "brake hold" do exactly? It is just beside the "Parking brake". When do we need to use it? I never used it yet.
Brake Hold automatically "holds the brakes" for the driver while at a complete stop. You can remove your foot from the brake pedal once fully stopped, and Brake Hold will keep the rear brake lights illuminated and the keep the car fully stopped without your foot on the pedal. Once you press the gas pedal, the the car automatically releases the brakes and lets the car start moving again.

As per the manual info posted, your seatbelt must be on for Brake Hold to work. Also, Brake Hold works for only a maximum of 10 minutes or until the drivers seatbelt is unfastened; in those instances, Brake Hold cancels and the Electronic Parking Brake turns on.

Brake Hold is great convenience for stop and go traffic and city driving (and drive-thrus!), but I keep it off most times because I prefer to "roll forward" from full stops to help with acceleration.

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Brake Hold is great convenience for stop and go traffic and city driving (and drive-thrus!), but I keep it off most times because I prefer to "roll forward" from full stops to help with acceleration.
I like to "roll forward" as well, but I actually prefer to keep "Break Hold" on to prevent me from rolling forward when I am at a light (keeps the misses from fussing at me). Wife had a minor bump into a Lexus in front of her at a red light in her brand new 2004 Honda Civic, costing her over $1000 in insurance claim (and an increase in her premium). This was a result of getting something out of her glove compartment and releasing the pressure on the break peddle enough to causing her car to roll forward and put a scratch on the bumper of the Lexus. Had she had "Break Hold" in her Civic back then, would have saved her from getting an insurance premium increase.
 

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Thanks very much for your information about the "brake hold". I will need to test it.
My understanding is that if our stop is too long, it's better to put gear on P and use parking brake. The "brake hold" feature seems convenient for stop and go traffic. I currently use ACC feature in stop and go traffic, but unfortunately a lot of time the maniac drivers enter into the gap between me and the front car. Let's see how this brake hold feature works!
 

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Thanks very much for your information about the "brake hold". I will need to test it.
My understanding is that if our stop is too long, it's better to put gear on P and use parking brake. The "brake hold" feature seems convenient for stop and go traffic. I currently use ACC feature in stop and go traffic, but unfortunately a lot of time the maniac drivers enter into the gap between me and the front car. Let's see how this brake hold feature works!
I think you'll like it! Brake hold + ACC in stop and go traffic is basically easy mode. Keep the ACC interval at the lowest setting and you'll never get cut between.

The tech in this car is a great value, and it's the same on all trims.
 

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I kind of discovered this by default, I was about to engage the Brake Hold (which is awesome btw) but the dash notified me i couldn't. Pressed Brake Hold again, and same message. Found out that since my seat belt wasn't fastened, I couldn't engage Brake Hold. But what if I buckle up, press Brake Hold, and then unbuckle?? Never tried that...
 

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I kind of discovered this by default, I was about to engage the Brake Hold (which is awesome btw) but the dash notified me i couldn't. Pressed Brake Hold again, and same message. Found out that since my seat belt wasn't fastened, I couldn't engage Brake Hold. But what if I buckle up, press Brake Hold, and then unbuckle?? Never tried that...
I've never owned a car that was so overly chiding as this one. I swear if I smoked the car would probably throw up a lung cancer warning.
 

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It's a little buried in the manual, but brake hold gets canceled (and parking brake auto-engages) if used for more than 10 minutes, driver's seat belt is unfastened, OR power system is turned off. So unbuckling even while Brake Hold is on will put the parking brake on instead.
 

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I have the parking brake set to automatically engage when I turn the car off. It will also disengage the parking brake once started, with the driver's seat-belt fastened and one presses the accelerator in R or D. If WILL NOT disengage automatically if you do not have your seat belt fastened. If will, however, yell at you to put your seat-belt on instead. The Insight is a prudish teetotaler, and I like it. If anything bad happens, I feel I would wind up less dead since my Insight cares so much about me.
 

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It's a little buried in the manual, but brake hold gets canceled (and parking brake auto-engages) if used for more than 10 minutes, driver's seat belt is unfastened, OR power system is turned off. So unbuckling even while Brake Hold is on will put the parking brake on instead.
I learned this first hand when I had to use brake hold, take the seat belt off, and opened the door so I can stick my parking ticket into the gate at the parking lot. Put my foot on the gas pedal lightly but the car wouldn't move. Found out the car shifted into park by itself.
 

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I learned this first hand when I had to use brake hold, take the seat belt off, and opened the door so I can stick my parking ticket into the gate at the parking lot. Put my foot on the gas pedal lightly but the car wouldn't move. Found out the car shifted into park by itself.
Same thing happened to me when trying to get my car up on the ramps for an oil change!
 
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