2015 Ford F-150: Slick Pedals
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on November 25, 2015
Despite the fact that most of them live the same life as the average Camry, but with a worse ride, trucks like our 2015 Ford F-150 like to cast themselves as rugged, go-anywhere beasts that can turn the average cubicle-dweller into the Marlboro Man just by signing on the dotted line.
Only, there's a problem with our F-150 that doesn't have anything to do with what the truck can do, but what you can do once you're back in the truck.
The pedals are annoyingly slippery.
Especially with the drought, Californians might not understand, but growing up in the Northeast I frequently encountered moisture. It was everywhere. And when there was a lot of it, it would gather into pools mixed with dirt (we called that "mud") or if it was cold enough, a disgusting mud/ice/slush combo we called "screw this, I'm going back into the Dunkin' Donuts."
Here's the point: After an encounter with some sort of wet goo, the bottoms of whatever footwear you are wearing get slick and make it hard to have any real control over the pedals. People who just use the bottom-right corner of the brake pedal soon found themselves unintendedly accelerating.
Our Ford's pedals are like this when dry. Crouching down in the footwell to inspect, it turns out that these are cast plastic with no rubber insert or overlay, just a few grooves to give the impression of grip.
I'm sure the local dealership or any number of online shops has a set of rubber pedal pads that can't cost more than $10. Am I crazy for thinking this kind of thing should be standard, though?
Mike Magrath, Features Editor