"Foot on Brake" Driving

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"Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by addo » 29 Aug 2014, 10:56

Is this common in the UK?

As in, people who seem totally unaware their light foot pressure on the brake pedal, is triggering their car's brake lights. Obviously, this is more an automatic car thing.

I remember when LED brake lighting was first being proposed, the suggestion was it's safer because it lights up faster than an incandescent globe array. In reality, I feel that (here, at least) any gain is squandered by the huge number of drivers causing their brakes to come on unnecessarily.

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by CitroJim » 29 Aug 2014, 13:13

addo wrote:Is this common in the UK?
Can't say I've noticed it much when in motion but it's a terrible problem at traffic lights. They can't all be autos...

When I'm in my auto I always knock the transmission into N and if need be, pop the handbrake on when at the lights unless I know they're going to change soon.

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by DickieG » 29 Aug 2014, 13:21

CitroJim wrote:
addo wrote:Is this common in the UK?
Can't say I've noticed it much when in motion but it's a terrible problem at traffic lights. They can't all be autos...
With some cars that have an auto electric parking brake where it's applied automatically each time the car stops, it also causes the brake lights to illuminate yet if the parking brake is applied manually on the same car it doesn't illuminate the brake lights, I can't even begin to work out the reasoning behind that one!

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by CitroJim » 01 Sep 2014, 15:38

DickieG wrote:
CitroJim wrote:
addo wrote:Is this common in the UK?
Can't say I've noticed it much when in motion but it's a terrible problem at traffic lights. They can't all be autos...
With some cars that have an auto electric parking brake where it's applied automatically each time the car stops, it also causes the brake lights to illuminate yet if the parking brake is applied manually on the same car it doesn't illuminate the brake lights, I can't even begin to work out the reasoning behind that one!
That really is quite bizarre!

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 29 Sep 2014, 12:45

When I was learning to drive my instructor said that, if I believed I would be stopped for more than 5 seconds, I should use the handbrake and pop the car into neutral. That way, I would not dazzle drivers behind me, and if somebody hit the back of me, as the handbrake was on and the car was in neutral, she shouldn't move forward that much and extend the accident.

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by citronut » 30 Sep 2014, 08:22

i find modern brake lights very irritating, whilst stopped behind someone at traffic lights or junction with there foot on the brake,
why do they need to be so bright they burn the back of your eye balls :roll: #-o

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by CitroJim » 01 Oct 2014, 12:09

citronut wrote:i find modern brake lights very irritating, whilst stopped behind someone at traffic lights or junction with there foot on the brake,
why do they need to be so bright they burn the back of your eye balls :roll: #-o
At least you can see them Malcolm.. Something that was not always the case years ago...

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by myglaren » 01 Oct 2014, 17:16

CitroJim wrote:
citronut wrote:i find modern brake lights very irritating, whilst stopped behind someone at traffic lights or junction with there foot on the brake,
why do they need to be so bright they burn the back of your eye balls :roll: #-o
At least you can see them Malcolm.. Something that was not always the case years ago...
Even recently.

It has always amazed me how rubbish Jaguar rear lights were, pre-Ford.

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by CitroJim » 01 Oct 2014, 18:48

Some lorries and buses had terrible stop/tail lights years ago...

Some still have...

I wonder sometimes how some cars can get away with such tiny rear indicators. Audi seem to have ones that are barely visible now. just a slit of flashing orange light...

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by Northern_Mike » 01 Oct 2014, 18:51

I find it difficult with some cars to see their front indicators, especially if they are small and they have DRLs on too.

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by CitroJim » 01 Oct 2014, 18:54

Yes, same here Mike. It's verging on dangerous on some cars...

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by myglaren » 01 Oct 2014, 18:59

CitroJim wrote:Yes, same here Mike. It's verging on dangerous on some cars...
It is and I think the C5 verges on it. Fortunately the repeaters are generally visible too.

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by ACTIVE8 » 08 Oct 2014, 23:00

northern_mike wrote:I find it difficult with some cars to see their front indicators, especially if they are small and they have DRLs on too.

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Yes given the amount of other illumination it leaves the 21w bulb not so clearly obvious as they used to be!

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by ACTIVE8 » 08 Oct 2014, 23:09

CitroJim wrote:Some lorries and buses had terrible stop/tail lights years ago...

Some still have...

I wonder sometimes how some cars can get away with such tiny rear indicators. Audi seem to have ones that are barely visible now. just a slit of flashing orange light...
Although when the "Barry Boys" get involved with their rear lights they end up being dimmer (like the driver) when they get smoked/tinted with tights, paint etc, and end up not providing enough light when braking, and no illumination when the lights are on.

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Re: "Foot on Brake" Driving

Post by citronut » 09 Oct 2014, 08:32

ACTIVE8 wrote: smoked/tinted with tights,
ooh eer missus, smoked tinted and wearing tights :shock: :dom: , is that fish net :yikes: :-D :lol: :rofl2: :rofl2: