this recently came up in a different thread but I figured I wouldn't hijack that one. Something that I do when city driving (in traffic) is to leave my fingers poised over the brake lever at all times. I don't do that, however, when getting to more open areas. I only do it in close traffic. Everyone in the previous thread advised to not leave hands/fingers resting on the levers. certainly for the clutch I never do it. But I would contend that braking 'paranoia' would be a good thing coz you could brake quicker (and also are less likley to do the panic grab - try to grab a handful of brake, and miss - I did it when learning (damn fire trucks, nearly ran into 3 of them while learning they kept jumping out at me). this I suppose wouldn't be good as a habit to develop, but as a conscious choice whilst driving in close traffic (and only then) would be a good thing. any thoughts?