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    Default How many of you are left foot brakers?

    Apparently the Fiat 500 has a feature that nearly disables the engine when the brake and accelerator are depressed at the same time on automatic transmission models.

    I found this out when I was riding with a friend that owns one. He had to stop, turn the engine off and on again to reset this condition.

    I mentioned to him that if he used his right foot only to brake and accelerate then he would not have to worry about it.

    This begs the question as to how many people out there are left foot brakers. I personally don't know how ANYONE could get into this habit at all. I learned to drive using a manual transmission, so the left foot was clutch only. When I started buying automatic transmission cars, the left foot is just along for the ride.

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    i do it on occasion on long trips when my right leg is tired, but only a little when the road is open.

    but otherwise, the left foot is for clutches, or maybe the left brake on tractors....

    Alex


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    I knew a driving instructor that failed a friend of mine for using his left foot on the brake.

    My driver education teacher in high school really frowned upon it as well.

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    I have been doing it for years,with the left foot.

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    I was taught to never use my left foot. They say that it takes longer for your brain to send the signal to lift your right foot and then press down your left. Your brain can send the signal to lift, pivot and press down one foot faster. I don't know how true this is, I have heard it many times. There was talk about mandating that the brake and throttle pedal pressed together would result in shutting down the motor. This was back when there were major issues with the Toyota runaway cars. I would hate to have that feature on my truck. I have pressed the brake and gas together when launching or pulling my boat out of the water. I have been on some steep launches that when the weight of the boat gets on the trailer it wants to pull my truck into the water. So I have not choice but the press the gas and slowly lift my foot off of the brake. If my truck had the throttle/brake interlock, it would be on the bottom of a lake right now,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierraowner5.3 View Post
    i do it on occasion on long trips when my right leg is tired, but only a little when the road is open.

    but otherwise, the left foot is for clutches, or maybe the left brake on tractors....

    Alex
    Doesn't your SLE have cruise control? If yes, that will alleviate your tired right leg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Discovery View Post
    I have been doing it for years,with the left foot.
    I learned to drive a car with a manual transmission and putting your left foot on the brake is just something I never do.

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    My dad yelled at me not to do both feet when i was 16 and learning to drive and i don't think i ever have done it since then, with the exception of being on a hill.

    I agree, i also have gone up a steep incline with a load and have started and have to brake and gas exchange to keep the vehicle from rolling back.

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    I am not sure why I use the left foot on the brake these days. I was taught on a 2 door land cruiser 3 on the tree when I was 12.

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    I have a friend that uses her left foot to brake. It's so weird to watch. However, I do some braking with my left foot in certain situations like crawling up inclines from a stop and for torque management.
    Christopher

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    Quote Originally Posted by stchman View Post
    This begs the question as to how many people out there are left foot brakers. I personally don't know how ANYONE could get into this habit at all. I learned to drive using a manual transmission, so the left foot was clutch only. When I started buying automatic transmission cars, the left foot is just along for the ride.
    People who can't drive stick tend to be the ones with this habit...

    I'm not one of -those people-.

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