The LFB has heard them all before and knows they are nonsense for
HIM/HER. If YOU are not capable of LFB then of course you should not
do it. It's similar to how they used to teach in drivers ed that SAFE
drivers ALWAYS had their hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel.
That's just they way it ALWAYS was. EVERYONE knew you HAD to keep
your hands there to be SAFE. Along comes airbags and suddenly 9 and 3
are just fine. The truth is, it never mattered where you put your
hands within reason and everyone needed to find their own personal
sweet spot. Just like any other aspect of driving there are many ways
to accomplish the same tasks. Some ways are better then others but
not necessarily for everyone.
Depends on the emergency. If it's one I anticipated *might* happen
and it does, I gain 44 feet. If it's not anticipated I'm no worse off
then anyone else. So on average I'm better off. It's not a "few
extra feet" I'm gaining, it's nearly 50 feet, that's about 3 car
On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:09:24 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
I've explained it about 6 times. If you haven't got it figured it out
by now there's nothing more I can do for you. Any further lessons you
will have to pay for at my usual hourly rate, which at $50 is a
And if when traffic starts to back up you LIFT your right foot from
the pedal, and get ready to stop, you have the same reduction in
reaction time, PLUS you have started to slow down a bit already,
opening up your "opportunity space".
I know, if you DON'T have to stop, you've added another 0.2 seconds to
the length of your trip. In heavy traffic thos 0.2 seconds all add up
and you end up late for work - or worse yet for supper. Then you end
up with hot toungue and cold shoulder for supper.
As a mechanic, when doing brake jobs I used to look at the wear on
the break pedal If the pedal was worn on the left side instead of the
right and the customer complained of poor brake life I told them to
stop riding the brake, and to brake with the right foot.
If they wore the pads out early because of left foot braking and
riding the brake they didn't stand a chance.
Because you want to develop the HABIT of right foot braking as you would on
a stick shift car,so you do the same thing all the time,developing a REFLEX
that you naturally revert to in an emergency,no matter which type you're
driving,no thought needed.
My father has used his left foot for the brake for as long as I can remember.
He's driven automatics for about the last sixty years. He told me that he used
to wonder if he'd be as quick getting onto the pedal with his left foot as
with his right -- then one day, years ago, somebody pulled out in front of him
on US 31; he said after he got the car stopped, he realized he had *both* feet
on the brake.
Judging by this 1964 article, it may well have been true. I do recall
discussions about it but we did not have driver's ed in school so I don't
know what our state did back then. This is also backed up by the last cite
Some states encourage left-foot braking (among them, South Dakota and
Michigan); some disqualify or penalize any license applicant who does it
(Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Utah). Most states have no policy at all. And
there is, in fact, something to be said for both sides-or both feet.
Many commentators advise against the use of left-foot braking while driving
on public roads.
However, some commentators do recommend left-foot braking as routine
practice when driving vehicles fitted with an automatic transmission, when
maneuvering at low speeds.
Proponents of the technique note that in low-speed maneuvers, a driver of a
vehicle with a manual transmission will usually keep a foot poised over the
clutch pedal, ready to disengage power when the vehicle nears an obstacle.
This means that disengagement is also possible in the event of malfunction
such as an engine surge. However, the absence of a clutch on a vehicle with
automatic transmission means that there is no such safety override, unless
the driver has a foot poised over the brake pedal.
Critics of the technique suggest that it can cause confusion when switching
to or from a vehicle with a manual transmission, and that it is difficult
to achieve the necessary sensitivity to brake smoothly when your left foot
is used to operating a clutch pedal.
Hello Scott, I am a retired Driving Instructor. I am almost 70 and took to
Left Foot Braking about 15 years ago. Taught few students LFB including my
two children. I believe if we can convince Insurance companies that they
will save very big by way of claims that might have a great impact. Trying
to talk to Driving Schools is something I have not had any luck with. How do
we (You and I) go about it. I am very passionate about this.
Q. I'm 79 years old and took driving lessons in 1950, when my instructor
told me to use my left foot to brake and right foot to accelerate. I also
was told to pump the brake pedal four or five times before stopping on
slippery roads to assure the best braking. My driving record is excellent.
But during a recent driver's license test, I was told to use my right foot
for both braking and accelerating. There is nothing in the Illinois Rules of
the Road book that says a driver must brake with the right foot, is
there? --P.B., Chicago
A. If accustomed to braking with your left foot after more than 50 years,
keep using it for braking.
using left foot for braking makes it possible for one to apply both brakes
and throttle at the same time.
In most cases,outside of the track,this is not good.
Besides,just because a state or states "encourages" something does not make
it right or proper. States are not any authority on driving techniques.
That "encouragement" could merely derive from some bureaucrat of the same
bent as you guys.
IMO,operating differently depending on what car you're using means you
aren't developing the reflex or habit that people revert to under
emergencies.Thus,you could,under pressure,use the wrong foot at a critical
Amen to that. I switch between a Ford 500 auto and an 89 F150 manual
everything and get confused on the cruis controls particulary and have
been known to try to get into gear in the f150 without using the
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