Posted in: Car Maintenance,
by Patrick DeHaan on Dec 7, 2009 11:37 AM
There are literally millions of driving styles prevalent on North American roads these days- each one different. However, there is one driving technique that is a big danger and could cost you thousands of dollars over the life of your vehicle.
The technique? Driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake. This technique is dangerous because one wrong reaction could send your car accelerating into other vehicles or send your car through the back of your garage. (READ MORE!)It's happened to thousands of people and has caused millions of dollars in property damage- but that's not all.
If you do operate your vehicle with one foot on the gas and one on the brake pedal, odds are that you are putting some force on the brake pedal while your foot in on the gas pedal- not only robbing you of fuel economy, but causing vital vehicle components to fail much faster than they should.
Another thing to think about if this is part of your style- if you drive with a little force on both pedals all the time, your brake light is constantly lit, even if you aren't putting much force on them. This could become dangerous when traffic is heavy and the driver behind you is unsure if you're actually braking.
Make sure to save yourself the agony and frustration of car repair and the added expense of unexpected repairs by driving with only one foot on the gas and brake pedal. Give your other foot a rest- or in some cases, that foot won't get much of a rest if you're driving a vehicle fitted with a manual transmission.
Driving with one foot for the gas and brake pedals is much safer- and it will save you money in the long run.