The Highway: The Brake Debate

THE HIGHWAY

Your car is traveling at 30 m.p.h. when the proverbial child dashes out in front of you. You hit the brake, of course. But with which foot? A few years ago, the question would have been ridiculous, but today the ubiquity of the automatic transmission with its clutchless floor board is making it the subject of a great debate among motor-vehicle bureaucracies. Some states encourage left-foot braking (among them, South Dakota and Michigan); some disqualify or penalize any license applicant who does it (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Utah). Most states have no policy at all. And there is, in fact,...

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