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#1 (permalink) Old 03-10-2005, 09:12 PM
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I have a tendency to coast in neutral very, very often once I haved picked up speed, or when I am approaching a stop (a couple of blocks or so). I guess I am somehow trying to save ful. I picked the "trick" up from the taxi drivers back home (taxi drivers in foreign countries will make you think that the ones we have here in America are quite civil).

Is this bad for my car? Should I stay in gear as much as possible?

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I have a tendency to coast in neutral very, very often once I haved picked up speed, or when I am approaching a stop (a couple of blocks or so). I guess I am somehow trying to save ful. I picked the "trick" up from the taxi drivers back home (taxi drivers in foreign countries will make you think that the ones we have here in America are quite civil).

Is this bad for my car? Should I stay in gear as much as possible?
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That "trick" got me an automatic fail on my drivers test. My mom (of course) had told me to whenever I was driving with her. It was easier than all that downshifting so I kept doing it. It's bad because it wears out your brakes (according to my dad) and your car can stall out while you're in Neutral and you'll have no control (from the driver who failed me).
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nooo. its not bad for the car:
it only wears out ur breaks when you come to stop, but if ur on the highway, and u go like 80, coast till 65 or whatever, then put it back in gear and go to 80 agian, no its not bad for ur car
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i leave it in gear and downshift and then coast and brake then put in the clutch when its needed

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Originally posted by BeachBunny+Mar 10 2005, 08:41 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(BeachBunny @ Mar 10 2005, 08:41 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-drz328i@Mar 10 2005, 07:12 PM
I have a tendency to coast in neutral very, very often once I haved picked up speed, or when I am approaching a stop (a couple of blocks or so). I guess I am somehow trying to save ful. I picked the "trick" up from the taxi drivers back home (taxi drivers in foreign countries will make you think that the ones we have here in America are quite civil).

Is this bad for my car? Should I stay in gear as much as possible?
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That "trick" got me an automatic fail on my drivers test. My mom (of course) had told me to whenever I was driving with her. It was easier than all that downshifting so I kept doing it. It's bad because it wears out your brakes (according to my dad) and your car can stall out while you're in Neutral and you'll have no control (from the driver who failed me).
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you can stall while drivin too. that driver is dumb.

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I have a tendency to coast in neutral very, very often once I haved picked up speed, or when I am approaching a stop (a couple of blocks or so). I guess I am somehow trying to save ful. I picked the "trick" up from the taxi drivers back home (taxi drivers in foreign countries will make you think that the ones we have here in America are quite civil).

Is this bad for my car? Should I stay in gear as much as possible?
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That "trick" got me an automatic fail on my drivers test. My mom (of course) had told me to whenever I was driving with her. It was easier than all that downshifting so I kept doing it. It's bad because it wears out your brakes (according to my dad) and your car can stall out while you're in Neutral and you'll have no control (from the driver who failed me).
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you can stall while drivin too. that driver is dumb.
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What driver? The taxi guy, my mom, or me? If you mean me... I was just LEARNING!
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Originally posted by BeachBunny+Mar 11 2005, 12:28 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(BeachBunny @ Mar 11 2005, 12:28 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'>
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I have a tendency to coast in neutral very, very often once I haved picked up speed, or when I am approaching a stop (a couple of blocks or so). I guess I am somehow trying to save ful. I picked the "trick" up from the taxi drivers back home (taxi drivers in foreign countries will make you think that the ones we have here in America are quite civil).

Is this bad for my car? Should I stay in gear as much as possible?
[snapback]308501[/snapback]



That "trick" got me an automatic fail on my drivers test. My mom (of course) had told me to whenever I was driving with her. It was easier than all that downshifting so I kept doing it. It's bad because it wears out your brakes (according to my dad) and your car can stall out while you're in Neutral and you'll have no control (from the driver who failed me).
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you can stall while drivin too. that driver is dumb.
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What driver? The taxi guy, my mom, or me? If you mean me... I was just LEARNING!
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The driver who automatically failed you on your drivers test.

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The driver who automatically failed you on your drivers test.
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Cool! I guess I dont' think of them as drivers? Just miserable people who like to watch kids suffer... All the same, my mother has never lived it down that her one bad driving habit made me fail! Well... and I have to say, I still haven't gotten rid of that habit. I have to make a very hard effort to do it the right way.
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huh? lots of odd comments floating around in this thread.

coasting to stop in neutral will wear down your brakes, because you dont have the resistance of the transmission to assist with the slow down process. some people say this is the way to go, and that it will save wear on your transmission and clutch, some say that you should never do it.

as for the failure on the drivers test , i think the reason they fail people is because when you do your drivers test , you are suppose to be the safest you can be, that includes having the ability to use the gas if you need to in some type of emergency , dont quote me on that but as i think my driving instructor told me that (like 10 years ago)

as for stalling in neutral im not aware of it stalling in neutral, the engine can turn freely without the clutch engaged in neutral , so the possiblity of stalling is greatly minimized.

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Yeah, but brakes ae a lot cheaper to replace than a clutch. The only real risk is if you have to make a sudden adjustment to the actions of another car, person, animal, etc.
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Personally I've always used engine braking when driving a manual. And others have already stated, cruising around in neutral leaves you vulnerable in emergency situations. As far as "hurting" your car...Don't see why it would but again I don't think it's a good habit to continue....

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I have a tendency to coast in neutral very, very often once I haved picked up speed, or when I am approaching a stop (a couple of blocks or so). I guess I am somehow trying to save ful. I picked the "trick" up from the taxi drivers back home (taxi drivers in foreign countries will make you think that the ones we have here in America are quite civil).

Is this bad for my car? Should I stay in gear as much as possible?
[snapback]308501[/snapback]



That "trick" got me an automatic fail on my drivers test. My mom (of course) had told me to whenever I was driving with her. It was easier than all that downshifting so I kept doing it. It's bad because it wears out your brakes (according to my dad) and your car can stall out while you're in Neutral and you'll have no control (from the driver who failed me).
[snapback]308522[/snapback]

you can stall while drivin too. that driver is dumb.
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What driver? The taxi guy, my mom, or me? If you mean me... I was just LEARNING!
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huh? lots of odd comments floating around in this thread.

coasting to stop in neutral will wear down your brakes, because you dont have the resistance of the transmission to assist with the slow down process. some people say this is the way to go, and that it will save wear on your transmission and clutch, some say that you should never do it.

as for the failure on the drivers test , i think the reason they fail people is because when you do your drivers test , you are suppose to be the safest you can be, that includes having the ability to use the gas if you need to in some type of emergency , dont quote me on that but as i think my driving instructor told me that (like 10 years ago)

as for stalling in neutral im not aware of it stalling in neutral, the engine can turn freely without the clutch engaged in neutral , so the possiblity of stalling is greatly minimized.
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ya very true. i have seen cars in gear that have stalled.

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How on earth do you stall in neutral?

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