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Old 06-11-2019, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
pete c
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Question about braking for turns while hypermiling.

Most every day on my way home, I have a fairly steep down hill S turn followed by a nearly 90 degree right turn up hill.

Hypermiling 101 says stay off the brakes. Brakes eat precious momentum which would largely carry you up that hill.

The problem with this is that following this practice means my tires are howling around that right hand turn. I typically do the downhill in 4th gear in DCO. This provides enough braking that I can negotiate the turn, at the expense of some tire wear. Also, if there is a car sitting at that intersection, the driver may get a bit wide-eyed as some idiot comes barreling straight at him at speed in his Sportwagen.

So the question is do I consume tire or brake pads/diesel? I suspect it probably makes sense to lean towards braking, especially since I have a very efficient engine that absolutely loves to pull hills anyway.

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