View Single Post
Old 08-24-2012, 04:04 PM   #23 (permalink)
Drive less save more
ecomodded's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
Posts: 1,189

Dusty - '98 VOLKSWAGEN Beetle TDI
90 day: 60.42 mpg (US)
Thanks: 134
Thanked 162 Times in 135 Posts
The kill switch is more effective at saving gas then engine on braking on the steep hills, as follows.
It will be best to use neutral when ever the full power brakes and steering is not needed. The steep grade hills will be approached engine off and coasted for the first few 100 meters until the speed increases then put in gear, at the bottom of the hill it will be put back in neutral,still engine off and coasted until i need to restart the car.
Simply put there is nothing more fuel efficient then a non running motor.

The idle consumption is more then i anticipated, .8 or .9 of a gallon a hour is large. I should be seeing a hefty mpg gain. With a modest 10% mpg improvement it would mean 6 mpg with my car.
Save gas
Ride a Mtn bike for errands exercise entertainment and outright fun

Last edited by ecomodded; 08-24-2012 at 04:16 PM..
  Reply With Quote