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Old 11-10-2008, 02:13 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by greentea View Post
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?
What you're describing is the same as the tip from the hypermiling/ecodriving list, posted above. Sound strategy.

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.
Yes, that was this web site! Yes, it is a bit ridiculous, and it's splitting hairs. Orbiting a parking spot and coasting to a stop won't reduce your fuel consumption, but it'll increase your MPG. That specific technique is essentially a numbers game - something to do if you have come in with too much momentum.
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