Ford Mustang Forum - View Single Post - Is it bad to rest your foot on the clutch pedal while in gear?
View Single Post
post #25 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2012
FordService's Avatar
Posts: n/a
Originally Posted by SoonerSteve View Post
Thanks for all the responses. Like I mentioned, I don't do this all the time, only when I'm in a situation that I know I will be shifting often. My foot usually rests on the floor but this is all good info. I have driven many standards since I started driving and I guess I never really thought of it and never had to replace anything to do with the clutch. In the future I will try and remember this and break myself of the habit. Thanks again.
Noooo!!! Don’t do it, SoonerSteve!!

Sorry, I just wanted to feel included in the conversation. LOL!

Originally Posted by OAC_Sparky View Post
Therein lies the problem ... people are creatures of habit and will tend to do unintended things. People often speed up or slow down if they aren't 100% attentive to their speed. Studies have shown that people use more gas when listening to ie. rock music while driving because they tend to modulate their speed based on the song tempo.

[As a related side note, of interest is this short video: HowStuffWorks Videos "Ralph Teetor: Cruise Control" ]

Of course if you're "touching" the pedal isn't an issue, but the weight of your foot "resting on it" can be enough to lessen the clutch pressure. It also depends on the car; my Focus's clutch is easier to depress than the Mustang. The weight of my foot would partially depress it.

The best way to avoid it entirely is to not pick up the habit at all.

And I can't say for your driver's ed but way back when I took mine 30 years ago you "covered the brake" not the clutch. You had to pay extra to take the manual transmission drivers ed course (probably to defray the cost of clutch replacement, lol) and they told you to always keep your foot off the clutch unless you were shifting.
Thumbs up for you, OAC_Sparky! You always have good info.

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome