Is cruising in neutral really saving me gas?
October 13, 2010 3:19 AM Subscribe
I drive a 2003 Manual-Transmission Honda Element, and I've gotten into the habit of shifting into neutral at every opportunity, usually when I'm at the top of a large hill. I do this under the impression that this is saving me gas, but I'm curious about the specifics.
posted by ejfox to Technology (24 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Yesterday I found myself at the end of my tank far away from the closest gas station, and my method for driving to the gas station was to gain speed (to about 55) and then shifting into neutral, cruising along until my speed dropped too much (usually about 40) where I would shift back into 4th gear, speed back up to 55 and shift back into neutral again. Is this worth it? Am I crazy?
I'm also curious about any tips or resources you have for driving in neutral to save gas. Thanks!