I’m sure a lot of you are asking, “what difference does it make which foot I use to brake as long as my car comes to a stop when I need it to?” Ultimately, I guess it doesn’t matter as long as you are able to slow or stop your vehicle when you have to, but, breaking with the wrong foot can lead to decrease fuel economy.
Always brake with your right foot!
Since most people do this anyway, it isn’t much of an issue, but for those of you that do brake with your left foot, pay attention.
Drivers who brake with their left foot tend to slightly rest their foot on the brake pedal as they are driving down the road. Even slightly resting your foot on the pedal causes the brakes to engage.
By engaging the brakes as you drive down the road, not only will you go through brake pads much faster than you should, you also reduce your vehicle’s gas mileage.
By even slightly using the brakes, you are forcing your engine to work that much harder to increase and maintain speed. That extra effort put forth by your vehicle’s engine is made possible by using more gas than it would otherwise.
All of that being said, if you do feel more comfortable braking with your left foot and don’t want to switch to using your right foot, make sure you keep your left foot off the brake pedal as you are driving down the road.
While this change isn’t likely to increase your fuel economy by a sizeable amount, it will help you save a bit of money at the pump and even more money on brake replacements.