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Old 11-10-2008, 01:37 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Can someone clear this up for me? The OP asked why "hard braking" was bad; obviously, going from point A to B, you want to brake as little as possible because braking is pure wasted momentum.

But is hard braking bad in itself? That is; if you have to stop at a light, is slowly braking superior to slamming on your brakes (safety aside)? A strategy I like to use is slowing down to 15 or 20 well in advance of a light so it takes me longer to get there, the light turns, and I'm able to not be forced to brake to 0. Is there a reason not to brake hard when I do this?

Also, does braking itself decrease FE? I read on one of these websites that you could circle around a parking lot to bleed off extra momentum instead of just braking but that sounds ridiculous to me.
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