Have you ever wondered why you sometimes have a lead foot and drive like a speed demon and at other times you are an average driver that drives the speed limit or lower? While driving from one destination to your home, you might notice that you are relaxed but driving way to fast. At other times you might observe that you are just as relaxed but driving slower and have other cars lining up behind you. This situation most likely has to do with foot placement.
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When driving your car, make sure to place the heel of your foot in a location that creates a balance for the weight of your foot as it lays on the gas pedal. In other words, if your heel is too close to the pedal, then more weight will be placed onto the pedal, and you will drive faster even if that is not what you intend. If your heel is too far from the pedal, then you will place less weight on the pedal, and you will drive slower. Thus, depending on where you put your heel in relation with the gas pedal will determine how fast you will drive in a relaxed position.
Some other key points in gauging your speed while you drive can do with hand positions. If you drive with both hands on the steering wheel, then you are prepped for faster speeds. If you drive with one hand on the wheel and one arm draped over the seat, then you are more likely to drive slower. Another factor that most people don’t seem to take advantage of is the cruise control. When you are driving significant distances, make sure to use your cruise control as it will help maintain a beneficial gas mileage, keep traffic flowing smoother, and allow you to rest your foot. However, you should be aware that one should never use their cruise control when it is raining or icy. Slippery conditions can cause your cruise control to create even more hazardous situations.