Driving in the summertime..

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  1. ElectroGhandi macrumors regular

    ElectroGhandi

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    So in the summer when we are all wearing flip flops, how are you supposed to drive? My dad to take off the flip flops and drive barefoot, but I tried that and I had trouble pushing the clutch down quickly. How are you supposed to do it?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i know in some states, it is illegal to drive barefoot
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Wear shoes.

    Sure, they're hotter. But that whole fiery-death-from-an-accident-you-got-into-because-you-couldn't-stop-or-shift-in-time thing is even worse.
     
  4. ElectroGhandi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Shoes = flip flops? Or tennis shoes? Are flip flops safe to drive in?
     
  5. acurafan macrumors 6502a

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    for me t-shirt/boot cut jeans/flip-flops work best :p

    some days i just take the gf my car, or relatives' s2000/330i and go up on the best routes and burn of a tank or 2 of gas. summer driving with the top down is amazing: the open air; the smell of the sea, the freshly cut grass; hitting 100mph, gf's hand on your thigh. ;)
     
  6. yg17 macrumors G5

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    On the topic of driving in the summertime, did any other manual drivers feel like they were learning to drive stick all over again when they drove with the A/C on for the first time? It was like that for me, turning the A/C on completely changes engine response and how much gas I need to give it when starting from a stop to not stall or get a jerky start.

    But when it feels like hell outside and feels like Antarctica inside my car, it's all worth it :D
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i have no problem driving in flip-flops, but its certainly not for everyone. or just wear tennis shoes.
     
  8. ElectroGhandi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes this is true. It's really bad in my Nissan Sentra. It stalls just when crusing! Not even getting started.
     
  9. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    I drive barefoot at all times.

    I don't own any tie-on shoes, so it's pretty simple to plop the right shoe off before I drive. It actually makes me a safer driver, as I can feel the engagement of the breaks/gas better.

    If I ever get pulled over, I'll put my shoe back on before the cop gets to my window. I think barefoot driving is illegal in Texas :eek:
     
  10. acurafan macrumors 6502a

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    this is more pronounced with low displacement 4-cyl, it is why you buy a manual. bad nuff you already have a huge loss from the crank, torque converters kill it further.

    top-down, top-down! :D
     
  11. ElectroGhandi thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've always lusted after convertibles, but the truth is it would be so impractical for me. 95% of the time, I want to keep my hair combed so a convertible would have its top up anyway. Then in the summertime, I would prefer A/C to convertible top. The only time I'd ever have the top down is when I got done play tennis and am heading home and it was like 75º outside. And that's not often haha.
     
  12. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816

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    that's ridiculous! it would seem to me that women driving in heels is waaaay more dangerous. Why would there be any problem with barefoot driving?
     
  13. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    I would never drive barefoot. Doesn't feel right to me so I think thats dangerous.
     

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