7. The Perils of Coasting in Neutral: A Common Misconception
While it may seem like a savvy strategy to coast in neutral to save on gas, especially when driving downhill, this practice can actually lead to more harm than good.
Modern cars are engineered to optimize fuel efficiency, even when in drive. They employ fuel-cutting mechanisms while descending slopes, maximizing efficiency without the need to shift to neutral.
Coasting in neutral, especially in an all-wheel drive car, compromises your ability to control the vehicle. In an emergency situation, this can be extremely hazardous.
You’ll have limited capacity to accelerate, which could prove crucial for evasive maneuvers. Furthermore, this maneuver disrupts the flow of oil to the transmission, potentially causing wear and damage over time.
Additionally, when you coast in neutral, the engine operates at its lowest RPM, and the oil pump functions at a reduced pace. This can lead to inadequate cooling, potentially resulting in engine overheating and subsequent failure.
Ultimately, the drawbacks of coasting in neutral far outweigh any perceived benefits, making it a practice best avoided for the sake of your all-wheel drive car’s longevity and safety.