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So one of my gripes about the 2011 Sonata is the accelerator peal. This is the first car I've owned in which the pedal extends ALL the way to the floor. I've been used to being able to rest my foot under the pedal, but now I'm forced to rest it to the left which feels awkward for me. Anyone else feel this is a rather annoying feature? Any way to modify it? I'd think that with that Toyota floor mat recall, no maker in the right mind would have a pedal extending so low... :w00t:
 

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Risky? How in the world could that POSSIBLY be risky? It's not like I stick my whole foot under and behind the pedal... I just rest my foot where my toes are just under the bottom of the pedal. If you think that is risky, then you must think just sitting behind the wheel is a death wish! :grin:
 

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I'm having a hard time picturing how you'd get your toes under any gas pedal without turning you foot completely sideways. None of the cars/trucks I've ever owned have had anywhere near that amount of clearance. I could maybe get my foot behind some of them if I were a contortionist, but not below it.

Anyway, I'm "right-footed" so I use the same foot for accel/brake. The last thing I need is to have anything inhibit my ability to get to the break pedal quickly.
 

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I don't have an issue with current gas pedal. Actually I love it.
At least we don't have to worry about "Toyota's Problem." :thumbsup:

By the way, I always put my foot near or on brake pedal while using cruise control. I prefer that way.
 

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QUOTE (vewdew @ May 4 2010, 10:34 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=319674
I'm having a hard time picturing how you'd get your toes under any gas pedal without turning you foot completely sideways. None of the cars/trucks I've ever owned have had anywhere near that amount of clearance. I could maybe get my foot behind some of them if I were a contortionist, but not below it.

Anyway, I'm "right-footed" so I use the same foot for accel/brake. The last thing I need is to have anything inhibit my ability to get to the break pedal quickly.

WTF!? You mean everyone doesn't drive like this? I was taught to use only my right foot only for driving an automatic car. It looks like everyone doesn't.
 

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I have noticed many people (mostly the younger crowd) who use both feet to drive. Left foot for brake; right foot for gas. I attribute this to a generation that was spoiled to automatic transmissions. If you learned to drive on a stick as I did, you had no choice but to use your right foot for brake accel because the left was for the clutch. Just a theory... :thumbsup:
 

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all of my previous cars, 87 accord, 92 cutlass cierra and 2000 malibu all had space under the gas pedal to "rest" the foot. now it wasn't enough to do a full extend, but enough to stick the toes under to get a more comfortable position.

the sonata seems to have a "bus pedal" where the pedal is rotated about the base of the floor, unlike other cars where the pedal hangs down from under the dash. now i haven't payed much attention, but i'll check when i go to lunch today.

also, i'm a "younger guy" but was taught to drive autos with 1 foot. i find it too hard to use the left foot to break when the pedals are so close. i would atribute it more to the video games that have a right gas, left break setup. not auto transmission
 

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QUOTE (OMEGA_WEAPON @ May 4 2010, 11:04 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=319682
WTF!? You mean everyone doesn't drive like this? I was taught to use only my right foot only for driving an automatic car. It looks like everyone doesn't.
OK WARNING, this is going to make your head explode.

I was a driving instructor for a while. Our cars only had a secondary brake pedal on the passenger side of the car. This was back when there was no such thing as a center console. We were taught how to drive the car from the passenger seat using our left foot for the gas, right foot for the brake and left arm only from the steering wheel. Yes, there were times I dropped off a student at their house and drove myself home from the passenger seat.
 

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QUOTE (midas69 @ May 5 2010, 08:30 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=319780
OK WARNING, this is going to make your head explode.

I was a driving instructor for a while. Our cars only had a secondary brake pedal on the passenger side of the car. This was back when there was no such thing as a center console. We were taught how to drive the car from the passenger seat using our left foot for the gas, right foot for the brake and left arm only from the steering wheel. Yes, there were times I dropped off a student at their house and drove myself home from the passenger seat.
LMAO! I would love to see this! :)

As for the rest of the thread, I was taught in an automatic transmission car, and was always taught to use your right foot for both gas and brake. I would imagine that most drivers ed courses still teach it this way.

As for the original post of not liking the Sonata's pedal, put me in the group of people who dont understand the need to put any part of your foot under the gas pedal. I've owned many cars over the years and have never had the desire to do this. But to each his own, if thats what you like, then who am I to judge?! :)
 

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QUOTE (wrs @ May 5 2010, 07:02 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=319755
You have to be kidding. Should of checked to see if your foot would fit under the pedel before you bought.
No, I'm afraid I'm not kidding. I did, in fact, notice this before I bought it, but it would be ridiculous of me not to purchase the vehicle for ONLY this problem.

And seriously people, how in the world did we get on the topic of driving with both feet??
 

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QUOTE (Proprioceptive @ May 5 2010, 09:29 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=319797
No, I'm afraid I'm not kidding. I did, in fact, notice this before I bought it, but it would be ridiculous of me not to purchase the vehicle for ONLY this problem.

And seriously people, how in the world did we get on the topic of driving with both feet??
Because those people would be likely to stick thier right foot under the gas pedal (especially with cruise control), since they use thier left foot to brake. I still say this is not safe, but to each his own...

I did like the video game theory though. :bwekk:
 

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QUOTE (vewdew @ May 5 2010, 09:47 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=319801
Because those people would be likely to stick thier right foot under the gas pedal (especially with cruise control), since they use thier left foot to brake. I still say this is not safe, but to each his own...

I did like the video game theory though. :bwekk:
Yeah, I'm going to have to say I agree that this is most definitely an unsafe practice...
 

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You are NOT supposed to brake with your left foot. It ensures you are not stomping on the brake and the gas at the same time in the event of an emergency stop, hence the "brace for impact" left foot pad!
 

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QUOTE (midas69 @ May 5 2010, 09:30 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=319780
OK WARNING, this is going to make your head explode.

I was a driving instructor for a while. Our cars only had a secondary brake pedal on the passenger side of the car. This was back when there was no such thing as a center console. We were taught how to drive the car from the passenger seat using our left foot for the gas, right foot for the brake and left arm only from the steering wheel. Yes, there were times I dropped off a student at their house and drove myself home from the passenger seat.
Some of the rural mail carriers and newspaper carriers in my area drive this way all the time. I'm not sure where their brake pedal is located. I guess it just takes some practice.
Way back in "the good ole days", when I got my drivers permit (1955), all of the vehicles had their gas pedals hinged at the floorboard. The suspended pedals are relatively new and that took some getting used to but we all adjusted and survived.

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I would think it would be harder for the pedal design to cause any issues, as nothing can slide under it. Coming from a EVO and a WRX, it's not an issue since I right foot brake, but you should never have your feet by the gas pedal when cruising/stopping etc.
 
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