Can "spike" mean "handbrake"?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by regal, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. regal Senior Member

    French
    Hello!
    A trucker crashed into a car. He explains: "It was the brakes. Like I pulled on the spike and it still never stopped."
    I guess "spike" here means "handbrake". Am I right?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Matching Mole

    Matching Mole Senior Member

    England, English
    Yes. On a rig it sticks out of the steering column, like a spike (not like the usual car handbrake which is between the seats). I'm not an expert on trucks by any means, but I think the spike controls the brakes on the trailer.
     

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