Left foot or right foot?

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  1. Abdul says:

    Thanks for pointing out, this is probably an issue with people who do not learn from professional driving instructors.

  2. robert says:

    I couldn’t disagree more. I feel (coming from an auto racing background) that your dad had several miliseconds quicker response time, than you will ever have with the presently taught and accepted method.
    I have been driving for 40 years, and you will never see me ‘riding’ my brake as I’m also a mechanic that understands friction!

    I wonder how many rear enders could be avoided daily if drivers were defensively ‘poised’ to brake, rather than fumbling from one pedal to the next!

  3. chris says:

    Left foot braking is not the same as resting your foot against the brake.

    As of hitting the wrong pedal, that is muscle memory. If your used to left foot braking, all your muscle memory is in your left leg. No fear of hitting the wrong pedal (unless your using a clutch). With that kind of muscle memory, I think it’s more likely to hit the wrong pedal driving the conventional way.

    It’s not even needed for racing. Simply for winter driving too as using both pedals can correct understeer in fwd, understeer in rwd, and allow you to lock differentials when you need the extra traction.

  4. anonymous says:

    Well however it requires a huge amount of time to move your right foot to the brake pedals when emergency. As time passes it is more efficient to use left foot for braking.

  5. Mike says:

    left foot brake right foot gas. Makes sense! Two pedals. Helps when doing a bunout too! If everyone did it you would never hear of someone standing on gas and driving thru a building thinking they had foot on brake.

  6. Graham Blowers says:

    How many accidents have happened BECAUSE of left foot braking. Take a look at “driving fails” on the Internet and answer this simple question. If the right foot is reserved for accelerating and braking and the left foot is redundant, how many people when applying the brake would not stop their vehicle.

  7. Justo Enrique Ibarra says:

    If the bus drivers use the left foot, surely they would be fired. The left foot always has been only for the clutch, when the shift was manual. There was an article in the 50s in the Reader Digest where it was predicted that with the automatic shift, the left foot slowly would disappear.

  8. harry says:

    brake accelerator confusion is the biggest road safety problem facing society. cars ploughing through shop windows in car parks, into garage walls etc. Why, because we still have morons out there telling people to use the same foot to operate the gas and the brake, get it wrong, which they do and we have disaster. Its very hard to accidentally hit the gas with the left foot, that’s why it should be used for braking.

    As for the claptrap about being able to brace in an emergency braking scenario? good in theory, but really with abs systems and power brakes on most vehicles, issues of strength and control in stabbing the brakes on in an emergency are not an issue.

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