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Old 11-29-2012, 12:58 PM
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Regardless of whether there is any savings in fuel consumption or not, coasting in neutral in California is illegal, at least specifically on a downhill grade: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21710.htm. It is also illegal in many other states.

The DMV considers coasting as "unsafe". Here's an excerpt from a section on the driving test: "As you approach the turn: ...Slow down smoothly, change gears as needed to keep power, but do not coast unsafely. Unsafe coasting occurs when your vehicle is out of gear for more than the length of your vehicle.": http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/cdl_htm/sec13.htm.

Coasting in neutral is considered unsafe because in an emergency situation you will not be able to respond as quickly if that response could include accelerating away from the emergency situation. Probably not worth the negligible gas savings, if any.
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