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pawprint1May 2, 2005

When driving, do you pivot your foot between the accelerator and brake or do you actually move your foot each time?

I've seen people do both, and my Grandma still uses 2 feet to drive her automatic.

Not sure what is the safest way.

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steve_o

My $.02 is that pivoting your foot is safer. If you need to use your brake, there's not typically any reason to use your accelerator. And vice versa. So why give a foot a chance to "misfire" and contradict what you intended to do?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2005 at 9:09PM
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catlady200

I learnt how to drive in a Standard..
My Dad is English, and when we moved to Canada, drove his first Automatic car. I always remember him telling me to make sure that I tuck my left foot near the door as close to the seat as possible. that way, I'd always use my right foot for both the accelerator and brake. I have later tried using both feet in an auto, and it just doesn't feel right! Personally, I think that it is safer to just use one foot.. as Steve o said, less room for error!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2005 at 9:49PM
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mikie_gw

Probably the only time my left foot has touched a brake pedal is when there's a boat behind me.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2005 at 10:11PM
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earthworm

"Safety" is far too overplayed in todays world..

In the comfortable and efficient operation of a motor vehicle ,there are other important aspects to consider.
One is ergonomics, the pedals must be positioned in relationship to the feet allowing quick and easy pivoting from the throttle control to the brake.
If a man must lift his whole leg in order to control his vehicle, then it becomes tiresome and too much time(measured in micro-seconds) is spend in the braking process.
But of course the two pedals must not be too close together.
Today's cars with their adjustable pedals, seats and steering do allow for more comfort and greater ease of operation...
Stop and go, go and stop is too repetitious and tiring, so I switch feet sometimes, poising the left foot over the brake control- but of course never riding the brake..

    Bookmark   May 3, 2005 at 6:45AM
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brianl703

It's always lovely to be stuck behind a vehicle where the brake lights don't go off when it starts accelerating. Makes me wish i were a brake mechanic charging $80/hour, it does...

    Bookmark   May 3, 2005 at 8:19AM
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pawprint1

I'm lazy and pivot my foot from the brake to accelerator. I can tell because I have a dent in my floor matt and the right edge of my brake peddle is wearing.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2005 at 1:42PM
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Happyladi

I use both feet. No, I don't use them at the same time. I don't ride the brakes.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2005 at 4:00PM
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RooseveltL

I have driven and own VWs which have very close pedals so I have pivoted my right foot between accelerated & brake pedal.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2005 at 10:30PM
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measure_twice

Geeze, this must be a slow day.

I pivot. Either works.

Probably the only time my left foot has touched a brake pedal is when there's a boat behind me.
I can't figure out how he is driving in a lake.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2005 at 3:50PM
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