It takes a lot for me to eoc right now. It's just too hard to pull off in busy traffic with an automatic tranny. But if I know it is going to be a lot of slow traffic on a slight downgrade I will kill the car and coast. One time I had a multi light delay on a downhill. I had the engine off for almost 10min.
2008 EPA adjusted:
Distance traveled by bicycle in 2007= 1,830ish miles
Average commute speed=25mph (yes, that's in a car)
Driving in gear with the clutch pedal down is supposedly bad for the clutch.
I don't know the exact mechanics but the designers expect the pedal to be down only briefly - not as a steady state thing.
As for legality, I suspect it's illegal in most states - but who's to know? Just don't be doing 30 where everyone else is doing 50. And don't let it buck when you bump start.
I rarely EOC my car since it's an auto tranny. Sometimes I'll EOC to a long red light or when pulling to a stop at a gas station or some such. In my car, starter replacement is a real PITA so I don't want to be key-starting it all the time.
Currently getting +/- 50 mpg in fall weather. EPA is 31/39 so not too shabby. WAI, fuel cutoff switch, full belly pan, smooth wheel covers.
I do like the simplicity of my 83 Tercel. It apparently does have power steering, but I had to bump start the car in a corner to confirm that one. It really doesn't even need it. I'm now strongly considering removing that belt. Even the brake vacuum assist seems superfluous.
I rarely EOC my car since it's an auto tranny. Sometimes I'll EOC to a long red light or when pulling to a stop at a gas station or some such.
Same here, and if I can find a "potential energy" parking spot I'll also coast out... at one location I visit weekly, I can leave the parking lot and roll up to the stop sign at the corner, wait for a break in traffic, and then start the engine and go.
Having an automatic, I don't want to risk anything beyond 10, 20, etc. feet. At first I was lamenting not being able to play with EOC, but realistically it would only make a tiny improvement in my numbers. Here's my thinking:
The VW idles at 0.3GPH. Let's say I can manage to NICE-ON coast 1/3rd of my driving time (insanely optimistic, but just for easy numbers). That means I would burn one tenth of a gallon of gas per hour while I'm coasting in neutral with the engine on. That, minus the (admittedly small) amount of fuel needed for restarts and re-topping the battery from running the starter, is absolutely the most I can expect to benefit from EOC. And realistically, the number's probably half or a quarter of that.
In other words, it seems to me that simple NICE-ON coasting gets you most of the benefit, and EOC is incremental. Granted, we all know that a bunch of small increments add up and every tenth or hundredth of a gallon matters... I'm just sayin'.
Sadly, I can't verify the above because of the VW's auto tranny... and if anyone sees anything wrong with my logic, please speak up.