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Hi again. Second day with my 2008 Astra automatic. The space to the right of the accelerator is about as wide as my foot. Because of my weak right leg I find it hard to maintain my foot towards the left. (weak right leg resulting in me having to have an automatic and left foot brake). I have looked on the internet for some plate to make the pedal wider and to the right but all I've found are pedal covers or extenders for those who can't reach the pedals. Any ideas? Thanks
 

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You could get a piece of steel or aluminium sheet, cut it to the size you want, and bolt it through the existing pedal.
Just be sure it can't foul on anything.
 

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You could get a piece of steel or aluminium sheet, cut it to the size you want, and bolt it through the existing pedal.
Just be sure it can't foul on anything.
Thanks. Since posting I have seen some aluminium pedal covers which have 4 small screws to fix to pedal. I thought I might try these possible in a 180 deg to that intended. Maybe I will hjave to inform the insurance
 

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Could a used auto brake pedal be cut off and a metal welder to weld onto the leg of the current accelerator.
But insurance wouldn’t like it.

Ring a couple of motability build firms that actually convert the cars. They will have an official insurance approved option.
 

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Could a used auto brake pedal be cut off and a metal welder to weld onto the leg of the current accelerator.
But insurance wouldn’t like it.

Ring a couple of motability build firms that actually convert the cars. They will have an official insurance approved option.
Thanks for this advice. I have rung a couple of local adaption specialists and they are estimating about £100! I could get a aluminium pedal set for £6.50. I have noticed that the pedal is not a metal plate with a rubber cover as I was hoping but a push on plastic cover so I may have to drill through this plastic and fix plate with screws and locknuts with washers. But not sure of insurance implications
 

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Hi again. Second day with my 2008 Astra automatic. The space to the right of the accelerator is about as wide as my foot. Because of my weak right leg I find it hard to maintain my foot towards the left. (weak right leg resulting in me having to have an automatic and left foot brake). I have looked on the internet for some plate to make the pedal wider and to the right but all I've found are pedal covers or extenders for those who can't reach the pedals. Any ideas? Thanks
Had a problem with this 3 years ago,when reversing off my drive onto to the main road , i found my foot/toes had become jammed under the brake pedal,i went backwards at a fast rate as my heel was on the gas pedal so my speed was increasing as i shot backwards in a curve as the the wheel was turned to exit my drive to the left side.,carried on backwards in a curve into the main road and hit the lampost at the top of my next door neighbours drive, managed to get out of reverse,,into drive,but then shot up the main road at an increasing speed still trying to free my foot,managed to turn it towards a hedge/railings and said my prayers!!!, at the last moment got it free,turned back to my house ,collapsed on the sofa in a shivering wreck as the shock set in. for several minutes.. New lamp post from the council cost on my insurance was £870., paid for a new rear bumper myself, ,ready painted , for £250 ,as this was the same amount as the excess i would have pay on the insurance.so this made the claim just for the replacement lamp post on the insurance .Looked into an extension /baffle to close the gap so it could not happen again,problem is it has to be flexible so it folds down under the pedal when the brake is applied,fixed a piece of hardish rubber at the edge of the brake pedal,so that it does that and turns under the pedal as it goes down.Takes a bit of experimental trial and error till you get it right so it still has full braking operation.The lamp post was replaced at a further distance than before, as it was across the drive edge top,due to an sneaky extension that had been done by the prior owner,who gained a bit on his drive width.If this lamp post had not been there,I would have ended up going down his drive,and demolished his car port and .other outbuidings
 

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Did you not think to grab the handbrake?
 

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Did you not think to grab the handbrake?
Did you not think to grab the handbrake?
Repeat, had no time to apply the handbrake,was speeding along at increasing speed, as my heel was still pressing down on the gas pedal ,and had activated the kick down, so i was in first gear at about 25 mph ,up a narow road ,steering between cars parked on the road,facing another narrower road a few meteres ahead, even if i managed to apply the handbrake ,at this speed,taking a hand off the wheel would have reduced my control,and had little effect on my increasing speed,it was about 10 meters away from the narrower road that i managed to wrench my foot free,just enough time to knock it into neutral,and brake,this version (NOV.2011/SE/ 1.4 ) car has the emergency brake option, which increases the brake effort when an emergency stop is needed..This whole event took about 10/12 seconds
 

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Phone insurance and asked about fitting pedal covers and they said they weren't bothered as they are internal accessories. Fitted cover meant for brake to accelerator as it looked like it would do the job better. Checked that the pedal doesn't bind. Fitted it on with nyloc nuts. Screws go outside the pedal so no permanent damage and it can't fall down as one of the metals strips I made goes through the loop in the accelerator bar behind the pedal. Tried it out and it's much better. Here are before and after photos which may help somebody
 

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Phone insurance and asked about fitting pedal covers and they said they weren't bothered as they are internal accessories. Fitted cover meant for brake to accelerator as it looked like it would do the job better. Checked that the pedal doesn't bind. Fitted it on with nyloc nuts. Screws go outside the pedal so no permanent damage and it can't fall down as one of the metals strips I made goes through the loop in the accelerator bar behind the pedal. Tried it out and it's much better. Here are before and after photos which may help somebody
this looks brilliant ,from where did you purchase it?
 

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this looks brilliant ,from where did you purchase it?
Hi. Hope this works. There were quite a few on ebay. I offered £6.50 and bought these

 
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