Honest John and Left Foot Braking?

Honest John and Left Foot Braking?

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TimoMak

Original Poster:

47 posts

1 month

Saturday 28th September
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Every week I read the same nonsense about autos. He is obsessed. These oaps who launch their automatics into buildings while trying to park simply shouldn’t be driving, left foot braking is only going to confuse them further.

bad company

11,000 posts

212 months

Saturday 28th September
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What’s your problem with left foot braking, I do it all the time. You have 2 feet and there’s 2 pedals so why use the same foot for both?

Cold

7,564 posts

36 months

Saturday 28th September
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Yep, I always left foot brake in an auto - and sometimes in a manual.

janesmith1950

3,830 posts

41 months

Saturday 28th September
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Can't see any meaningful advantage left foot braking on the road in a modern auto.

SidewaysSi

5,818 posts

180 months

Saturday 28th September
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Always left foot brake when driving quickly. No issue with me.

Max_Torque

14,091 posts

163 months

Saturday 28th September
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janesmith1950 said:
Can't see any meaningful advantage left foot braking on the road in a modern auto.
really?

It's the only reason i drive an auto!

AdeTuono

6,160 posts

173 months

Saturday 28th September
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TimoMak said:
Every week I read the same nonsense about autos. He is obsessed. These oaps who launch their automatics into buildings while trying to park simply shouldn’t be driving, left foot braking is only going to confuse them further.
He's also obsessed with lo-profile tyres. A deeper sidewall is the cure for everything, according to HJ.

donkmeister

1,780 posts

46 months

Saturday 28th September
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I only use my left foot on the brake for burn-outs and launches.

So I suspect the crumbly folk driving into shop windows etc were actually just showing off to their mates getting a blue rinse in the salon across the street.

borcy

394 posts

2 months

Saturday 28th September
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I don't think it matters either way in the scope of oaps driving into shop fronts. If they get confused about which pedal to use, they'll equally get confused about which foot to use.

The Mad Monk

5,674 posts

63 months

Saturday 28th September
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AdeTuono said:
He's also obsessed with lo-profile tyres. A deeper sidewall is the cure for everything, according to HJ.
Doubly obsessed with Michelin Cross Climate tyre. I wonder why he keeps plugging them?

borcy

394 posts

2 months

Saturday 28th September
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Haven't looked on his site in quite a while, he used to do loads of reviews on odd far eastern cars that you couldn't get here like nissan micra saloons .

I think his wife was from Thailand.

Krikkit

16,334 posts

127 months

Saturday 28th September
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The Mad Monk said:
Doubly obsessed with Michelin Cross Climate tyre. I wonder why he keeps plugging them?
Perhaps because they're bloody brilliant on any normal kind of car that you aren't clipping apexes with?

Quiet, grippy in all weathers, vaguely snowed capable in the occasional couple of inches we get. If everyone fitted them to their ordinary cars we wouldn't have the annual snow chaos.

Toltec

5,813 posts

169 months

Saturday 28th September
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janesmith1950 said:
Can't see any meaningful advantage left foot braking on the road in a modern auto.
All sorts of reason, very useful for control while parking on a steep hill, similarly on a steep junction. Reduces the control gap while moving your foot between pedals and keeps the car more balanced as you can make a smoother transition between braking and acceleration.

Going further when using a little braking into corners to get a better feel on turn in you can also use it on the way out to compensate for the way an auto in some cars will kick down abruptly. Again in some cars the time it takes between pressing the accelerator can be a bit variable so you can demand a little early and use the brake to time when you actually want to accelerate. This is tenths of seconds stuff, not necessary, but nice to be able to do.

I'd actually like the brake pedal in an EV to act with the accelerator as a front/rear torque proportioning control.

buggalugs

8,565 posts

183 months

Saturday 28th September
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You can alter the balance of the car in corners but the public roads are no place for that kind of shinanigins,

It's sometimes nice to build a tiny bit of boost against the brakes when you're getting ready to nail a tiny gap though.

DanT86

45 posts

5 months

Saturday 28th September
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AdeTuono said:
He's also obsessed with lo-profile tyres. A deeper sidewall is the cure for everything, according to HJ.
Also the only car he recommends is a honda Jazz.

If u ask him for a low slung fast rear wheel drive sports car or a comfortable family car to seat 7 he will still suggest the Honda Jazz and will tell you to put Michelin cross climate tyres on it otherwise you will explode.


Max_Torque

14,091 posts

163 months

Saturday 28th September
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borcy said:
I think his wife was from Thailand.
You are Elon Musk AICMFP !!!

MC Bodge

11,469 posts

121 months

Saturday 28th September
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AdeTuono said:
He's also obsessed with lo-profile tyres. A deeper sidewall is the cure for everything, according to HJ.
On the other hand, tiny sidewalls are not the answer to many questions about UK road cars.

poo at Paul's

7,878 posts

121 months

Saturday 28th September
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For those bought up with cars that you could properly "left foot brake" (ie with throttle cables and in race or rally guise), and understand what it did and how it could be used and where, there really appears to be no reason whatsoever to use it on the road in an automatic car, presuming one has a right foot!
That's not to say you cannot use your left foot to brake or even use the accelerator, but ask yourself if it has the potential to go wrong, (eg swapping car to car, manual to auto) why would you bother?
Also, a question I don't know the answer to, if you did it in an auto on your driving test would you pass? And what about if you alternated between feet on your test?

Certainly for old codgers in autos that don't want to launch themselves into ASDA when they get mixed up, try the old technique of tucking your right foot back behind the other leg, so it is well out of the way, and use the one foot for tall the pedals that are there, it reduces the possibility of operating both at the same time and ending up in the middle of Wayne and Waynettas breakfast bap!laugh

The last car I left foot braked properly was my old rally prepped Nova Sport, on twin Webers! That car was flipping ace fun and proper quick on the loose stuff, (brake bias and fly off handbrake too!!!)
When I finally give up on life and get an auto, it will be right foot only for me.

funkyrobot

17,796 posts

174 months

Saturday 28th September
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I left foot brake on my bicycle.

Can't see the issue with it really.

DanT86

45 posts

5 months

Saturday 28th September
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Max_Torque said:
You are Elon Musk AICMFP !!!
He has mentioned before in a review of one of the bizarre Asian cars as mentioned further up that his wife is from Thailand and he spends a lot of time out there.