questionswhen driving a car/truck with an automatic…

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Right foot. Off accelerator, on to brake. I, too, have driven a standard transmission. When switching back & forth between the 2, I almost threw myself through the windshield by using my right foot. Or stalled the car. Had to really think about which car I was driving.

No longer an issue...only auto trans now. BTW: Have heard that it's dangerous to brake w/your left foot. In a tense situation, you might push down on both.

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I used to use both feet until I learned to drive standard. Since then, I use my right foot for both accelerator and brake when driving automatic. I have, on occasion, used my left for the brake when driving automatic, and like gmwhit I almost put myself through the windshield when I hit the brake too hard/fast.

BTW I've heard the opposite, too, that using only one foot for both can be an issue--in some situations you may panic and not know which pedal you push and end up hitting the accelerator on accident!

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Really bad to drive with both feet. On newer cars, there is a engine cut circuit if the brake is touched. On my Toyota, if I push both, the engine goes back to almost idle. It's a eliminate the possiblity of run-away acceleration.

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no one will fess up to heel/toe driving?

never really learned to drive a stick, i have always just used the right foot..
-except for when i drove my grandpa's olds both before/after he passed and it became mine. his right leg had been amputated, and he had had a second accelerator installed to the left of the brake. it still had the normal right pedal, the left one just had a linkage to it, and moved the standard pedal. actually came in handy when i broke my right leg a couple years later. doc let me drive since my car had the proper equipment.

but even with that set up, if i was using the left accelerator, i used my left foot for both pedals.

all went well until an idiot mech @ the local goodyear shop must have thought it was a clutch, cuz he slammed the car into the pilar between bays. cracking the rad, bending the unibody, causing all sorts of fun times.

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I've only driven automatics and have always used both feet: Right for gas and Left for the brake. Seems only natural to me! Why use only 1 foot for both?

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I don't drive formula 1 cars for a living so I use my right foot for braking. I only use my left to press the clutch if I'm driving a manual.

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who do I look like, Walt Jr.?? right for both never use both feet

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Why on Earth would you use both feet? Right foot only. Please don't endanger everyone else by attempting to operate the brake pedal with your left foot, while operating the accelerator with your right.

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Right foot only. Too easy to leave light pressure on the brake with your left foot, thus both burning up your brakes, plus confusing the driver behind you because your brake lights are constantly on.

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I'm going to be more blunt than I have ever been on these forums:
That is a bad habit that is terrible for your car and will get you in an accident, worst of all, you might end up hurting someone else due to your stupidity.

That goes for you too @dealseekerdude

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@earlyre: "no one will fess up to heel/toe driving?"

Yup! I confess, I did that when I was driving a stick. Right foot - heel on gas, toe on brake. Left foot on clutch. Only when I had to stop on hills or steep inclines. Difficult at best. The only way I knew to keep the car from rolling backwards, though.

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Right foot only, just as I was taught in Driver's Education class.

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Left foot is only for the clutch.Right foot used for gas and brake. Sometimes switching from standard to automatic will cause the left foot to search for the phantom clutch when approaching a stop.

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I drive a stick, always have. I would never try to brake with my right foot, as I expect I'd have the same experience as @gmwhit. I don't understand this heel/toe idea. When I am stopped on a hill, I balance depressing the clutch with depressing the gas so there is enough forward impetus to keep me from rolling backward but enough clutch to keep me from rolling forward. I have never braked and accelerated at the same time. Like @bsmith1 mentioned, when driving an automatic my left foot does sometimes fish around for a clutch that isn't there.

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Right foot only, ever. Even when doing heel/toe, you are still only using your right foot. I drove a manual for many years, but even though it has been many more years since I've regularly driven one, I still get the phantom left foot clutch action from time to time. Especially in an emergency braking situation, my left foot instinctively goes to depress the clutch while my right foot is stomping on the brake.

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The only correct answer to this question is right foot only. The left foot is for the clutch and/or the footrest and nothing else.

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Left foot is for clutching only. If driving an automatic, left foot stays on the dead pedal.

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Using both feet for gas and brake is dangerous and a terribly bad driving habit.
Right foot only unless you have a clutch, then operate that pedal ONLY with your left foot.

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@dmmutti @thumperchick

Apparently I've hit a raw nerve with some on here who seem to always go "by the book" of conventional wisdom. Although my method may be unorthodox, I've successfully employed it for over 36 years WITHOUT AN ACCIDENT, thank you. I also enjoy a "Safe Driver" discount from my insurer.

It appears most are assuming that I drive with my right foot on the gas while also having my left foot on the brake. I've witnessed those idiots quite often, but let me assure you, I'm not that stupid! Here's how I drive: 95% of the time only my right foot is used for acceleration of my vehicle. I only use my left foot, as needed, for braking. Most of the time my left foot is on the footrest near the door.

Since I have long legs, I started driving this way since when I tried to do it the "normal" way, my right knee would hit the underside of the dash when attempting to apply the brake. So, I learned it was easier to do it as described above.

Thanks for all your concern though!

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@dealseekerdude: I never took Drivers Ed. Growing up and living paycheck-to-paycheck I have driven my share of beaters, meaning the-only-type-I-could-afford-beat-up-kind. If the battery gets a little low, and/or the engine is missing a little, at a stop sign/light it's necessary to apply a slight throttle while also braking to prevent the engine from dying. Try that with one foot, then do it again with two. Point made.

EDIT: Tagging @dmmutti & @thumperchick as well. Remember, there are always other opinions that can be just as correct as yours. Judge not....:)

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@dealseekerdude: @jsimsace: It's not an opinion. In CA you will fail your road test if you do it. It's dangerous. I'm sure it's possible that some have managed to not make a fatal mistake, or even a minor one, but that doesn't change the basic reasoning for single foot operation of accelerator/brake.

ETA: Like others, my left foot still wants there to be a clutch pedal where there isn't one. I also have to stop myself from resting my hand on the shifter.

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@thumperchick: Will add a bit to what you said. As you age (sigh) your reflexes seem to slow. Would rather hit the brakes w/my right foot a bit slower, than hesitate & ponder which foot I should depress. Seems the aged (& younger, too) sometimes hit both the accelerator & the brakes in a panic situation.

Which brings this up... I LOVED to drive my stick shifts. (very old 356 Porsches). A solid daily joy. Miss that...a bit. Got older and lazy. Now have an automatic, 4 door luxury type vehicle. Nice...just not the same. Also miss resting my hand on the shift. Would I go back? Perhaps. Would like to own a 911, circa mid '80's. Would keep my 4 door 'boat' though. ;-)

An irrelevant aside: My late husband owned Corvettes. His last - a '63 split window. Did not enjoy driving that much. The throw on the shift was short; the clutch, too. My cars - long throw on the shift, long way to the floor for the clutch. :-D

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@thumperchick: Had to LOL at your reply...didn't you mean "shifter"?

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I've owned both manual and automatic and was taught to only use your left foot on the clutch, so that's how I roll! :)

The last car I bought, which is an automatic, has a really nice rest area on the left for your foot.

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@dealseekerdude: Not that I wish this on you, but I stand by my statement, I still think that if you drive with both feet you are an accident waiting to happen. And other people will very likely get hurt because you thought that somehow the way YOU do this is OK.

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@jsimsace: I know there are other opinions that are different than mine, but in this case, those opinions are reckless and can get me or my loved ones hurt, due to the morons on the road that somehow think they do this utterly stupid thing, in a totally safe manor, so it's OK.

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@jsimsace:
@dealseekerdude:
I've said my peace and then some, that is all, c-ya.

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@jsimsace: If it said anything else, it's been edited for me already... :(
Did I say I like to rest my hand on the... toilet? Because that would be kind of ridiculously funny.

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@thumperchick: You replied perfectly like a lady. You just witnessed my inner child saying "Made you look!'. ;)

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@jsimsace: You asked elsewhere; I replied. Am now stifling a sob. Feeling like an abandoned junk car. Or a junk yard dog. Or something.....

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@gmwhit: I'll reply tomorrow....real life has moved into my internet alter ego. ;)