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Driving Technique: Heel and Toe Shifting

12th September 2007

Driving Technique: Heel and Toe Shifting

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Heel and Toe is a driving technique. Drivers use the “heel and toe” method to smoothly combine braking and downshifting as they approach a corner. Good drivers know that blipping the throttle between gears in a downshift to speed up the engine to match the tire speed keeps the wheels from locking and stops the back end from getting loose. Heel-and-toeing simply combines blipping the throttle with braking. On early European sports and racing cars with a central throttle, the pedals were set up so the driver could use the ball of his right foot on the brake and the heel of the same foot on the gas. On modern cars, the driver uses the right side of his foot to blip the gas and the left side of the same foot to push the brake. Done correctly, your foot pivots quickly on its ball, giving a rapid blip to the throttle with the right side while the left provides steady pressure on the brake. For those who didn’t understand this description, you can watch this video which will teach you how to do it.


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  1. 1 On September 13th, 2007, ricky said:

    i drive a auto (i know its not the same bmw exp. but the cost to upkeep a manual out ways its benefits) so this doesn’t apply to me, but its great info for the manual drivers out there, i want to learn but no time

  2. 2 On September 15th, 2007, Tony Sticks said:

    Ricky, I agree with you, manual cars are more fun especially with big engines like your car (325). It could bring you tons of happiness. If I were you, I would do the swap as the first thing for my car. Of course, uless you have traffic jams like we do here, if that’s the case, I say you keep it on auto because the traffic jams will drive you crazy as it will make your driving a very ugly experience with.