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Saving Petrol
08. Jul 2015 at 09:18
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How many of you knock the car out of gear, allowing it to coast downhill to save petrol?

I know several people who do this and it's WRONG for a couple of reasons.

1. Modern fuel-injection petrol engines are designed to shut off the fuel when the car is "on the overrun". In other words, when the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) detects that the engine is acting as a brake, the petrol flow ceases. In contrast, if you coast in neutral, the car will continue to use fuel to keep the engine ticking over. You will use MORE petrol this way.

2. When coasting you use the brakes more. They will wear out sooner and there's even a slight risk of premature failure.

BTW, the simplest proof of this (for those who don't want to believe it) is to look at your real-time mpg (on a UK car), which will read 999 on the overrun with throttle closed or 000 litres per 100km on a European car.
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