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Old 03-27-2013, 04:44 PM   #226
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If there's no clutch pedal, it makes sense to use the left foot for braking. I've always done this.
Are driving schools actually teaching left foot on brake

that explains a lot of bad driving habits I see

left foot braking is not wise even with automatic right foot braking insures you are not applying gas and brake at same time
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:38 PM   #227
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If there's no clutch pedal, it makes sense to use the left foot for braking. I've always done this.
Bad habit to get into. ALL the driving schools say to always use your right foot for gas and brake no matter auto or stick. Partly to make sure you are not hitting the gas instead of, or in addition to, the brake, and partly to ensure you do not hit both at the same time. Further, unless you are hovering your left foot over the brake, you reaction time is actually faster going from gas to brake.

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Old 03-27-2013, 06:11 PM   #228
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If you drive BOTH manuals and automatics then you'll want to avoid left foot brakeing ... leads to applying the brake when you wanted the clutch ... any tailgater will get a shock!
Not a problem for me. I interchange all the time. All it takes is experience and concentration.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #229
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Not a problem for me. I interchange all the time. All it takes is experience and concentration.
Same here. I aint skeered of a lil' heel and toe action.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:24 PM   #230
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Same here. I aint skeered of a lil' heel and toe action.
You do realize the "heal and toe" refer to clutch, brake and gas, with the gas and brake actuated by the right foot, right?

http://www.drivingfast.net/car-contr...e-shifting.htm

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:35 PM   #231
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I'm terrified to teach my gf to drive a stick because she brakes with her left foot. She is going to coast into a wall thinking she is braking but actually on the clutch.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:45 PM   #232
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Left foot braking = fail driving test in some places.

Those "runaway" Audi incidents some years ago - left foot braking while applying full throttle!!

As already mentioned - BAD BAD habit.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:53 PM   #233
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You do realize the "heal and toe" refer to clutch, brake and gas, with the gas and brake actuated by the right foot, right?

http://www.drivingfast.net/car-contr...e-shifting.htm

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Yup, and I learned in 1961 driving my MGA. Been doing it ever since. BTW, "heel"....
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Left foot braking = fail driving test in some places.

Those "runaway" Audi incidents some years ago - left foot braking while applying full throttle!!

As already mentioned - BAD BAD habit.

Only for dummies who can't learn the basics..........
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:57 AM   #235
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Bad habit to get into. ALL the driving schools say to always use your right foot for gas and brake no matter auto or stick.
And let's remember that driving schools cater to the lowest common denominator. After all, in the U.S., you barely have to be able to fog a mirror to get a license to drive.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:21 AM   #236
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My father, early 80's, uses his left foot for the brake, that is how he was taught. He had to take the senior driving test a few years ago and he asked if it was ok and the tester said it was common in his age group. I wounder if this explains the older drivers driving through store windows.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:59 AM   #237
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Yup, and I learned in 1961 driving my MGA. Been doing it ever since. BTW, "heel"....
Indeed: heel ...
With my shoe size 12 it is more "left side of ball of foot"-"right side of ball of foot" action.

And I only left-foot brake on on-ramps and off-ramps, to prevent my pig of a car Camry from understeering. Combined with open throttle it brings the rear around nicely to get around the turn faster.

To bring it back on topic, I love using this method to get rid of tailgating BMWs and other fast cars with slow drivers riding my back bumper at 75 mph just before the off ramp. ...Pshh, straight line racer heros.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:38 AM   #238
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Indeed: heel ...
With my shoe size 12 it is more "left side of ball of foot"-"right side of ball of foot" action.

And I only left-foot brake on on-ramps and off-ramps, to prevent my pig of a car Camry from understeering. Combined with open throttle it brings the rear around nicely to get around the turn faster.

To bring it back on topic, I love using this method to get rid of tailgating BMWs and other fast cars with slow drivers riding my back bumper at 75 mph just before the off ramp. ...Pshh, straight line racer heros.
Just a generic term. Depends on how the pedals are set up. Had to use the heel on my military jeep. And my feet aren't as big as yours, either.....
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I remember seeing on Top Gear (British version) that at least some of the pro racers use left foot braking on the track. I bet few, if any, of us drive at that level on the street.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:44 AM   #240
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I remember seeing on Top Gear (British version) that at least some of the pro racers use left foot braking on the track. I bet few, if any, of us drive at that level on the street.

With my brake being on the right side of the bike the left foot braking thing can prove to be problematic.
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