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Downshift instead of using brakes

When approaching a stop light, down shift rather than using the brakes. Try to time it so you only need the brakes to bleed off the last 5-10MPH. As a result, you end up coasting to a stop, saving your brakes and use less gas quickly accelerating & slowing down. Most modern cars will disable the fuel pump if there isn't demand from the accelerator, so it is similar to shifting into neutral, but you get some "braking" from the engine torque. If the light turns before you arrive, you're already moving and in the right gear to accelerate out of there, without any sudden disruption to your travel speed.

posted by nielsm on June 13, 2011

this tip works for 65% of voting Fuelly members.

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