When you know you are approaching a signal with relatively free road. Instead of stomping on the brakes, drop a gear or two to reduce the speed of the quite a bit. With slowers speeds the brake pads works less harder prolonging the life of the brake pad. This technique is very useful on the highways and when driving down the ghats with minimal usage of the brakes. If you drive with the hand brakes not released, the rear brake drums and shoes will wear out very quickly. Are you not receiving the warning beep if the hand brake is on when you start driving, if you dont hear one, thats may be due the buzzer volume is low. Keep it to max always to attract your attention. Yes. Got this done at the 3M HSR Layout. Please refer to this thread here PM me if you need any help with respect to keeping your car Spanking new.