Do not feel the forward/reverse controls are safe. The machine's brake pedal is left foot operated. Forward is right foot operated and looks and feels like a conventional brake pedal.
My reaction to making an emergency stop has been to depress the forward control more when in fact I need to release it to stop. Brakes are automatically applied on release of the speed control pedal.
Do not like the mower stop interlock on reversing. Fuel consumption appeals quite high.