it basically keeps the brakes on when you're on a hill while your foot is off the pedal and the clutch pedal is depressed. then when you get to the biting point, the brakes will slowly release until your power is sufficient enough to move you.
The drive-off assistant is a component of DSC and makes it possible to drive off confortable on uphill slopes. It is not necessary to use the handbrake for this.
Hold the MINI in place by depressing the brake.
Release the brake and drive off immediately without delay
The drive off assistant holds the vehicle in place for approx. 2 seconds after the brake is released.
! Depending on the vehicle load and the uphill gradient, the vehicle may roll backwards a little during this time. After releasing the brake, drive off immediately without delay. After approx. 2 seconds the drive-off assistant will no longer hold the vehicle in place and the car will start to roll backwards.
Subaru has had this feature on their manual transmission cars for a very long time they call it the Hill Holder Clutch. I have been driving manual trans. for 20 yrs., learned how to drive on one, and took my driving test on one and not once have used the handbrake on a hill that is the ROOKIES way to negotiate a hill whether stopped completely or not.
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