Article Buying "the Holden Vectra" was the man's first mistake. The incident would have been much more serious had the man's wife not managed to apply the handbrake just before the car crashed, police said. I'm sorry - applying the parking brake when a vehicle is already out of control is the worst thing you can possibly do. Circumstances where you use the hand-brake in an emergency are: car moving in a straight line ahead, handbrake gradually applied to slow vehicle. I can not believe this woman's actions did ANYTHING except contribute to the accident that happened. Just another symptom of Australia: Where People Can't F*cking Drive Because We Don't Teach Them Properly. Speed kills, and this woman is a hero. FFS BTW, hope the little rock-throwers are caight and flogged to within an inch of their lives.