Which foot on brake auto car/truck?

Left or right foot braking?

  • Left foot

    Votes: 16 16.2%
  • Right foot

    Votes: 83 83.8%

  • Total voters
    99

Barleycorn

Member
BASE UK Member
Location
Hampshire
Just a bit of fun.
I have an auto truck and car, and generally use my left foot for braking, probably due to all the years driving telehandlers. i was speaking to sombody the other day who told me that this was highly dangerous and I must desist!
Just wondering what everyone else does.
 

njneer

Member
Whichever as long as you get it stopped.
My mum drove an auto whilst I had a high powered hatchback.
She ran me to the pub once and took mine as it was last in the drive and I was late.
Came to the first roundabout in 6th gear and tried to stop just with the brake ......oh my. !!!!!!,!,
Kangaroo was an understatement ....... me shouting CLUTCH!!!!!!
Her shouting back ....should have brought my car !!!!!!!
Hilarious after the event but scary at the time as your pride and joy heads into the back of a truck , still joke about it .
 

Cowabunga

Member
Location
Ceredigion,Wales
Its perfectly sensible to left foot brake if this is the only car to be used or you are quite used to it. Its only dangerous if you get confused or are trying it out for the first time. Many people would soon get used to it, just as we get used to feathering the loader and bucket foot controls on a skid steer loader.
In a nutshell, it just doesn't matter as long as you can feather the brakes normally. Most people stomp too hard when first using left foot braking, but they probably did the same thing with their right foot when they first learnt to drive.
I right foot brake by the way.
 

Lazy Sod

Member
Location
Warminster
I use my left foot if stopped on a steep hill, when gravity tends to overcome the car's tendency to creep forward.

I did some of my early tractor driving on a Fordson E27N Major. It had the clutch on the right and the brakes on the left, so it came naturally. Since sensitivity is required for the left foot on the clutch of a manual, I don't see why people should have any trouble with left foot braking.
 

joe soapy

Member
Location
devon
I use my left foot if stopped on a steep hill, when gravity tends to overcome the car's tendency to creep forward.

I did some of my early tractor driving on a Fordson E27N Major. It had the clutch on the right and the brakes on the left, so it came naturally. Since sensitivity is required for the left foot on the clutch of a manual, I don't see why people should have any trouble with left foot braking.
try it with a car with predictive braking:D:D
 

Brisel

Member
NFFN Member
Location
North Yorkshire
Do whatever you feel comfortable with. My Navarra & road car autos have the pedals arranged that left foot braking is comfortable. Mrs B's 1 Series BMW auto has the brake quite far to the right so is awkward to do this with, so right foot only. I've learned to brake with either foot & it becomes more natural with practice.

Thought you should on ever use one foot (right) so you can’t use the brake and accelerator at the same time, brake to slow down accelerator to speed up simples

My advanced driving instructor got me doing left foot braking. It can help the balance of the car near the apex of the corner where you're lifting off the brake slowly and starting to get the power on to accelerate out of the corner. On track work it helps get a rear wheel drive car around a corner with less steering input :D Probably not a technique for the road & pointless in a front wheel drive for obvious reasons.

VW/Audi group cars won't let you apply power and brake at the same time, which is a right PITA when you're trying to get out of a junction swiftly or do a hill start as the ECU shuts off the power & there's a time delay before you start to move.
 

GTB

Never Forgotten
Honorary Member
Had our first auto vehicle about six months ago. Logic would suggest braking with the left foot as with a telehandler but I just can't do it for some reason even though I do it on the telehandler without a second thought.
 

Barleycorn

Member
BASE UK Member
Location
Hampshire
It would never cross my mind to use my left foot for braking in an automatic car . I suppose it’s what you get used to , like tractor drivers operating with no boots on only socks . What’s all that about ?
There was a bloke who worked on a farm next door who used to keep a pair of slippers in the cab, and always took his boots off before he got off the top step!
 
If you are careful, you can learn to use both. Initially you will find the non-used leg over-brakes all the time, which certainly could be dangerous, but over a short time you will get the feel of the car and be able to use it light your right no problem. Indeed, for some forms of driving, particularly rallying, left foot braking is very very useful.
 

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