Most driver’s of automatic cars use only their right foot to operate either the brake or accelerator pedal. There are some drivers that prefer to use two feet; the left foot to operate the brake and the right foot to operate the accelerator pedal.
Some drivers consider using both feet to drive an automatic car the safer option as it may provide quicker access to the brake pedal should an emergency situation arise. Using both feet does however come with potential hazards. But what about the practical test, can you drive using both feet on a driving test?
Yes, you can drive using two feet on a UK automatic driving test. Even though it’s considered by many that using only your right foot to drive an automatic car is best practice, you wont fail the driving test for using both feet providing that you demonstrate a high standard of vehicle control.
High Standard of Vehicle Control
Modern driving tests and examiners are less concerned by a driver’s technique and are mainly looking to see that the test candidate has a high level of vehicle control, that they understand the rules of the road and that safety is a priority, not only to the vehicle occupants, but other road users and pedestrians.
If you do intend on driving with two feet during the driving test, it’s recommended that you avoid:
- Riding the brake pedal with your left foot
- Braking and accelerating at the same time
Riding the Brake Pedal
Riding the brake pedal means that your left foot is in constant contact with the brake pedal while driving. Brake lights are activated with only the slightest push of the pedal, so if your foot is only gently resting on the brake pedal, there may be enough pressure to trigger the brake lights. If the examiner thinks that you might be activating the brake lights accidentally, it can result in a test failure.
When you’re not using the brakes, it’s recommended that you keep your left foot resting on the floor, or on the ‘dead pedal’, otherwise known as a foot rest if your car has one.
Braking and Accelerating at the Same Time
Improper use of the foot pedals me result in braking and accelerating at the same time. Not only is this going to increase brake wear and fuel consumption, it can make the car unstable.
Braking and accelerating at the same time in a automatic car can result in a driving test failure if done to excess. If this is something that you’re prone to doing, try operating the foot pedals using your right foot only and keep your left foot out of the way on the foot rest.
Foot Position While Driving an Automatic
This tutorial explains the best foot position for driving an automatic car for best comfort to reduce leg ache and to maintain best control of the brake and accelerator pedals.
Do You Use Both Feet When Driving an Automatic Car?
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