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Old 10-29-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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This happened again tonight. I was running some errands, and at one point, I was following a car from a stoplight. The light turned green, and the car's brake lights went out as the driver accelerated from the stop. About 1/2 block down the road, the car's brake lights illuminated, and I braked as well, anticipating this car turning. Instead, this car continued down the road in front of me at about 40 mph for another 2 miles, all the while with its brake lights on. So clearly the driver's foot was on the brake while driving. Why? I would think the brake pads would prematurely wear, not to mention, I would think the driver would feel a "pull" or something while accelerating and braking at the same time.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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My grandmother does this, annoys me to no end... She says she can stop faster by doing so, then complains about gas. She also sits on top of the steering wheel and never goes over 50.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:36 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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It's possible that it was a wiring issue, I've driven behind folks with brake lights on that no way they could be applying the brakes unless they were actually depressing the brakes simultaneously with the accelerator.

I will say that excessive braking to me is a very clear sign of very bad driving. I constantly see people applying their brakes for no reason whatsoever; they are changing lanes, the road begins to curve slightly, cars in the opposite lane are slowing down, or they just aren't paying attention to the flow of traffic and cannot gauge their momentum. It seems that for some drivers just commencing a maneuver, any maneuver, requires braking first.

I would say I apply my brakes about 1/5 the amount of most drivers- and I am not a granny slow driver by any means. I just replaced my original pads on my 14 y.o. WRX, almost all city driving.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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What about the turn signal?
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:47 PM
 
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What about the turn signal?
No turn signal was ever on. Just the brake lights, which came on about 1/2 block past the stoplight.

My spot to turn came, so I turned before they ever turned, so I never saw if their signals worked or not (or if they even used them).
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Those drivers got on my nerves too, they drive with left foot on the brake pedal; just light enough to activate the brake lights.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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Two-footed drivers! Too bad cops won't pull them over and explain why how they drive affects other people behind them.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I used to drive in competitions and left foot braking is actually a technique. I never could get it down though.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:57 PM
 
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Could also be a very sensitive brake light switch on the pedal. I have size 13 feet, and there's not a whole lot of room.. Sometimes the foot hitting the gas can also be slightly on the brake pedal and if it's a real sensitive brake switch.. Could cause them to come on.

Not enough pressure to actually be applying the brakes, just enough to turn the lights on.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:59 AM
 
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Must be nice to have money to replace brakes every couple of months because of drivers ridding the brakes. The only time I used my left foot is when I drove a stick.
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