811.495 Unlawful coasting on downgrade; exception; penalty. (1) A person commits the offense of unlawful coasting on a downgrade if the person is the driver of a vehicle on a downgrade and the person coasts with the gears or transmission of the motor vehicle in neutral or with the clutch disengaged.
(2) This section does not apply to the driver of a motorized bicycle.
(3) The offense described in this section, unlawful coasting on a downgrade, is a Class D traffic violation. [1983 c.338 ?656; 1985 c.16 ?321; 1995 c.383 ?76]
Apparently we can only coast on the flats or up hills. :P
Note that the wording does not appear to exclude freewheeling since a freewheel does not technically place the transmission or gears in 'neutral'.
These laws were no doubt written with 10% grades and heavily loaded vehicles in mind.
Civil laws exist to protect a citizen's rights, person, and property. Coasting down a gentle hill is a threat to none of the above, and I'm not about to stop just because some nincompoop legislator wanted to look busy.
316.2024 Coasting prohibited.--The driver of any motor vehicle, when traveling upon a downgrade, shall not coast with the gears or transmission of such vehicle in neutral or the clutch disengaged. A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.
Well, it's important to be informed and make an informed decision. Any coasting I do is harmless, and I wouldn't recommend any coasting that might be risky, so the issue isn't safety. It's good to know the laws about what you're doing.
Additionally, in discussions here and elsewhere, the legality of coasting is often questioned. With this thread I hope to gather the data in one location and make it easy to answer that question.
Another thing to think of... Over the summer I paid $1,000 for transmission repairs. I think coasting had something to do with it. I'm 100% sure the money I saved coasting didn't come close to the amount I spent getting the transmission fixed. I learned my lesson. I don't do it anymore.