Should you use left foot to apply brake on automatic transmission cars?

04/17/2018 Same topic: Let's drive safe & smart!
With the disappearance of the clutch, is it a hint for us to use your left foot to apply the brakes?

Since a very long time, it has become a norm that you should always use your right foot to operate the accelerator and the brake, and the left foot to operate the clutch.

Clutch, brake and accelerator of a car

With the disappearance of the clutch, is it a hint for us to use the left foot to operate the brakes?

However, nowadays, cars are more likely to be made with only two pedals (accelerator and brake) owing to the augmenting use of automatic transmissions. Correspondingly, car owners driving automatics now just use the right foot and rest the left one. But with the disappearance of the clutch, is it a hint for us to use your left foot instead to operate the brakes?

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Actually, in motorsports, left-foot braking is pretty popular due to the fact that using it, you can balance your car better when applying power. For example, in go-carts, there is no choice for you but to use your left foot to brake. On the track, it is an optimal braking strategy but how about the using the strategy in the road?

Brake and accelerator of a car

Nowadays, cars are more likely to be made with only two pedals

Honestly, the answer may seem rather vague. Anyway, there is no guilt in using your left foot in automatics. There is evidence against it though. First, your left foot might not be sensitive enough to pull it off, this is especially the case when you are accustomed to manuals. And it would be similarly difficult when you switch it back to manual once you are familiar with left-foot braking.

Left Foot Braking Explained

Additionally, many think that when using both feet motorist are likely to accidentally press on both pedals. This may be a bad habit which harms your pads and discs which causes premature wear-and-tear. What’s even worse, you become an annoying driver whose brake lights keeps on and off. To recap, stomping both pedals at once may likely turn you into a culprit in a car accident.

Still, some drivers argue that using both feet helps reduce the burden on the right foot which has to constantly switch back and forth to operate the pedals. All in all, consider its pros and cons, what do you think about using your left foot on the brake pedal in an automatic. Would it be wiser to do it or not to do it?

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