I’ve typically put a couple hundred thousand miles on each car I’ve driven, and never burned out a clutch, so I know that my driving patterns don’t cause excessive wear on the clutch.
Now that my daughter is getting her learner’s permit, I will teach her the obvious:
Don’t ride the clutch! The clutch is not a foot rest. Etc., etc.
There is one thing that I always avoided, and I do not know whether it has prevented clutch wear or whether it has just been a mannerism that didn’t matter: I do not hold the clutch pedal all the way in (fully disengaged), unless it is to use the clutch. That means I wait with the car in neutral at a red light, and any time the car is not in gear, except when I start the car, I put it in neutral and release the clutch pedal.
Now I’ve read that if you rest your foot on the clutch, even if you don’t (think) you push it in, it will cause wear, and I have no reason to disbelieve it: I’ve certainly seen people who do this who needed to replace their clutch.
I’ve also read (I think) that it’s OK, to have your clutch pedal pressed fully in for longer than you really need to, but I’ve never adopted this process to test whether the clutch burned out or not from it.
On one hand, if the clutch is fully disengaged (or engaged) it should not wear and you should be fine. On the other hand, if you do this habitually, and the clutch is partially engaged, even a little, it stands to reason that it will eventually fail prematurely, just like it does for people who use the clutch as a foot rest. And it takes pressure to hold the clutch in with your foot, too. What if the driver doesn’t hold it quite all the way in?
So is this a practice that will cause the clutch to wear out faster or not? Why or why not? I’d like to provide my daughter with accurate information.