The E-Brake or Hand Brake can be used for making sharp U-turns. When activated the e-brake immediately locks the rear brakes which locks the rear wheels and forces the rear of the vehicle to step out of its line. E-braking is recommended for sharp corners. Slamming on the e-brake makes player easily vulnerable to a Takedown.
The e-brake plays an important part for Stunt Run events because it can be used to spin a car in mid-air and on the ground. Slamming the e-brake can also perform a Power Park if the vehicle stops between two other stationary vehicles but this requires precise timing in order to be a perfect park. Another use for a quick direction change as players can become lost in the vast streets of Paradise City.