Carolyn asked:

Barber seems to have a thing about people who drive first releasing the hand brake. This seems very odd, do all cars in England have hand brakes?? I drive an automatic and have a foot brake which I only use if I am on a very steep hill. Anyway seems an unnecessary comment to make every time someone drives a car.

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☆Ruth☆ Yes in the UK all our cars have handbrakes to the best of my knowledge. I drive both manual and automatic, I generally don't use the handbrake with the automatic, unless I'm parking up, but with manual gears I would use it at all stopping points.
Joo As a British car drive I can confirm that I do release my handbrake nearly every time I set off from standing. And my car is automatic.
There are very few cars (that I know of) in Britain without handbrakes.

As to why the author mentions it every time, I've no idea :)
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