- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In the April 17 editorial “Sticky regulatory throttle,” The Washington Times makes the assumption that it is possible to depress a car’s accelerator at the same time as the brake. You should try it. In the four different makes of car that I have examined, in not one is it possible to depress the brake far enough to even make contact with the accelerator with the same foot, let alone depress it.

In most cars, throttle speed is controlled by a computer, which is, in turn, controlled by depressing the accelerator. You may accidentally have your foot on the accelerator, but depressing it is a very different sensation from hitting the brake. Normal drivers can tell the difference.

NANCY BRADLEY

McLean

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