Shut the engine off at the same time to save even more. If you are going
in a straight line the lack of power steering and brakes shouldn't
He says "When coasting in neutral, the engine is idling, consuming
just as much gasoline as when it's idling at a traffic light or
warming up in your driveway, roughly gallons per hour (gph), "
But he NEVER got around to filling in the number of gph used during
idling. However if it is the same in all three cases, it doesn't
matter what the number is.
What's clear is that applying the brakes means you have wasted gas.
For example, you have sped up not enough to get through the light when
it's green, and more than you needed to get there when it was red. So
you have to apply the brakes.
Or you have to turn at the corner, and you have to apply your brakes
to do so without skidding. If you wanted to save gas, you'd slow down
far enough in advance that you didn't need your brakes for a 90 degree
I had a girlfriend who lived near 65th and California in SW Chicago,
when I lived near 57th and Woodlawn. I had many stop lights and a
minumum of 5 turns to make to get home from her house. I tried to do
it without using the brakes. It was usually late at night with very
little traffic. It took me about 7 tries, but eventually I made it
Did it EVER occur to you that you could have saved a ton of gas and a lot of
mental aggravation, computations, and honing your driving skills by simply
staying at your girlfriend's house?
Geeze! Why do I have to think of everything!
What droppings, it is an ignorant journalist that will help the difficult of
mind waste money and Eff-ing help to mess up the environment.
Could we have a clause to include them in The Season where folk go out with
Where in this article does the author consider engine braking lowering
the speed of the vehicle? Thus increasing the need for gas because of
more frequent and longer acceleration.
Using neutral delays and reduces the need for acceleration and thus
increases gas mileage.
This article is a good example for not believing everything you read.
OK a different question. If stopped at a red light, does it save fuel
to take the vehicle out of gear? Taking it out of gear raises the
RPM's, in gear it has a load on it.
Personally, at a light I will take it out of gear if the A/C in running.
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