No idea about ICBC insuring people with Learner's Permits.....but yes, illegal . Thanks for making me do some research! Hahaha. But I'm curious about why you find the use of the front brakes unpredictable and why you would choose to try and use the clutch instead. Can you tell me how you use the brakes? How many fingers, type of pressure (jabbing, stabbing, smooth, aggressive, strong at the start, soft later, soft at the start strong later)?Had no idea coasting was illegal in BC. I do it all the time in any vehicle with a manual transmission, even dump trucks. Generally I don't shift out of gear when I do this, I just disengage the clutch momentarily then feather it back on when the time comes. If I am anticipating some engine braking or a bit of acceleration, I may downshift one gear while the clutch is out. As you say, going right back to neutral is not a good idea because you never know if you may need some power. Does ICBC still sell insurance to people with learner's permits? I bought my first car and learned to drive in Vancouver in 1995. Blew my mind that they sold me full insurance with just a learner's permit, but damn it was expensive, $1600/yr.!
You will get different feel and response from the front brakes depending on how you apply them but they really are the best and safest way to slow your machine, set entry speed and line you up for proper throttle control while cornering......