Someone is driving along the road, when a passenger mentions/does something that shocks or angers the driver, so the driver slams on the brakes. May be followed up with a Get Out
Often these are Magic Brakes
, because even though there is a clear screech, the car still stops faster than it would. But usually this is Played for Laughs
, so it doesn't matter
People do do this in real life. Please don't do this in real life.
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- A Volkswagen ad features a couple driving along when the man suddenly remembers that they just returned their Home Porn Movie to the video store. The ad then touts the car's anti-lock brakes.
- A Wall Street executive braking angrily due to a sudden downturn in the stock market is one of the hazards of the road portrayed by All State's Mayhem.
Anime & Manga
- High School Of The Dead
- In episode 3, Shizuka, unable to fully concentrate on driving, does this when the rest of the group are discussing their next strategy. This also happens in the Manga.
- Pops up again in episode 8, only it almost kills Rei in the process.
- Saber does this from the passenger side in episode 6 of Fate/Zero
Films — Live-Action
- Uncle Vernon does this in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when Harry mention the dream he had of riding a flying motorcycle (a callback to the start of the book when he was left on the Dursley's doorstep).
- In Generation Kill, Wright explained that Humvee driver Person was unable to argue with team leader Colbert's orders directly, and so resorted to erratic driving, including braking angrily. This hilarious tendency doesn't show up in the HBO adaptation, unfortunately.
- In On the Town, during the taxi number "Come Up To My Place", Hildy slams on the brakes harder every time Chip insists on seeing an attraction from his outdated New York City guidebook.