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Pressing The Accelerator Pedal

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It's recently occurred to me that when needing to pick up speed, e.g. moving away from a roundabout on a dual carriageway, I've had the habit of pressing the accelerator with the front part of my foot whilst my heel pretty much rests on the carpet, but that I can alternatively lift my heel up and apply more of a full press to the pedal. I haven't tried this too much yet but it does seem to deliver a bit more power although I'm wondering whether it might reduce my Aygo's mpg if I accelerate too rapidly when I don't need to.

How do you press the accelerator when needing to pick up speed?

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Is that your way of saying it was a stupid question?

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Keeping one's heel on the driver's mat allows one to quickly change from using the accelerator to using the brake by using one's heel as a swivel point. Removing one's heel from the driver's mat will make it more difficult to change between the brake and accelerator pedals quickly.

I would imagine the practice you're suggesting could be dangerous in some situations - possible operation of the accelerator in error.

When the NHSTA in the US were investigating cases of unintended acceleration in 2009/10, in a high proportion of cases the wrong pedal (the accelerator) was used instead of the brake, and the majority of cases were put down as driver error.

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