December 26, 2014

Coasting – The Dangers

Many of us, particularly those currently undergoing their driving lessons, may be chastised for “coasting” – but what exactly does this mean? And why shouldn’t we?

Coasting (or “freewheeling”) refers to driving a car that does not have a connection between the engine and the wheels. Whilst it does usually refer to manual transmission cars with the clutch depressed, the same effect can be achieved in an automatic by selecting the neutral gear.

Whilst it is true that coasting saves fuel, it will reduce the control you have over your car. Without the engine engaged, the braking will not be working, and so if you are going downhill, you will simply pick up speed without control of slowing down. Which will have obvious repercussions.

Safe driving from Britannia!