The Mazda BT-50 is a useful all-terrain vehicle for hard work and weekend adventures. It’s packed with equipment to make your driving more enjoyable and safer at the same time. This means that the Mazda BT-50 price offers a fantastic value proposition for drivers that need a multi-role vehicle. One of the best features on the BT-50 is the hill assist function, in this article, we will take a closer look at what this is and how it works.
If you roll backwards during an uphill stopping maneuver can be extremely dangerous. In the not too distant past, most cars were not fitted with an automatic transmission and/or an electric parking brake. Drivers had to juggle with a manual gearbox on hills, and that would require some quick pedal work on all three pedals at the same time. If that sounds difficult to a newer driver, imagine that the parking brake was also located somewhere between the two front seats. So, you are reaching and moving your feet all at the same time and needless to say accidents did occur.
Driving on Hills
Starting an older car on a hill could be a real challenge; the clutch would have to be fed to a biting point where the car would shift forward slightly. Then the revs would have to be gently increased until the parking brake could be released safely. This would all have to occur smoothly, and all-around awareness would need to be maintained. Once you managed to start, it would be necessary to hop out into traffic without stalling and/or rolling back into moving traffic or parked cars behind.
The Hill Start Assist
This type of car setup and driving activity on hills is now largely a thing of the past. Most modern cars use some type of hill holding system or have a hill start assist function. A very basic mechanical hill holder has been around since the early 1930s, but the newer versions are far more advanced.
The modern hill start system makes the most of the digital dexterity in a computerised car to read to a road angle and then compare this to the pedal position. This will allow the car to apply the correct amount of braking for any particular slope and this is independent of the where the car is parked. The brake is then released once the car has determined that the driver is preparing to set off.
The latest hill start assist systems will typically operate for two or three seconds after the car has come to rest. So, if the driver intends on stopping for longer, it’s still a good idea to cover the brake. Many modern cars also have a push-button parking brake, and if that’s activated, you can guarantee that there will be no chance of a rollback.
If they are looking for a Mazda BT-50 for sale, Perth based drivers should contact Melville Mazda so that we can arrange a no obligation test drive.
Dean Ramirez has always driven a Mazda. Ever since his first Mazda 626 back in the 90’s he’s been on board with the Brand. Enjoying their progression into the higher end luxurious segment of cars.