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nick.cfrancis 09-25-2012 10:09 PM

Downshift or neutral when slowing down
 
Me and Spec-B'ro are having a difference of opinions. Anyone care to chime in:

Should you downshift or put the car in neutral when slowing down?

Mr. Sinister 09-25-2012 10:25 PM

I leave it in whatever gear I'm currently in to engine brake while I'm braking and then put it in neutral before it hits the stall point.

EssTeeAai 09-25-2012 10:30 PM

Yes, keep it in gear as long as possible. In an emergency situation when you're gonna need to step on the gas to avoid an accident, being in the right gear will save you seconds. And seconds count.

urfsin 09-25-2012 10:47 PM

I do both, it just depends on my mood. :)

apexi 09-25-2012 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by urfsin (Post 4087252)
I do both, it just depends on my mood. :)

I was just about to say the same thing.

I Cannot Play Bass 09-25-2012 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by EssTeeAai (Post 4087242)
Yes, keep it in gear as long as possible. In an emergency situation when you're gonna need to step on the gas to avoid an accident, being in the right gear will save you seconds. And seconds count.

Cosign.

In the Legacy, I downshift before I hit my brakes, unless I just missed a light, traffic is stopping unexpectedly, or I am in first or second gear. When a car has a lighter clutch pedal and I feel that it would not grab as it engages, I will go to the brake first and downshift as the car is slowing.

adreyna 09-25-2012 11:32 PM

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Originally Posted by EssTeeAai (Post 4087242)
Yes, keep it in gear as long as possible. In an emergency situation when you're gonna need to step on the gas to avoid an accident, being in the right gear will save you seconds. And seconds count.


I agree, in my RSX-S I always downshifted to engine brake and tap my brakes so my it wouldnt rev up so high.

In my 5eat I still do the same...

Serb Legacy GT 09-25-2012 11:56 PM

In terms of what's better for the car...it makes no difference at all. Whether you downshift before stopping or go to neutral it makes no difference mechanically or reliability wise.

For me personally, sometimes I downshift and sometimes I put it in neutral. It depends. If I'm a distance away and the light turns red, I'll pop it in neutral and coast and and apply the brake as I get up to traffic. Other times I'll downshift and slow down that way as the traffic may start moving by the time I get up there. Other times I may downshift and brake as I get to the light/traffic. There is no 'right way' or 'better way'.

Max Capacity 09-26-2012 04:59 AM

Coast as much as I can. I tend to know what's around me so the chances of needing power in a instent is pretty rare.

I tend to watch traffic and the up coming traffic lights and let the engine idle instead of using the compression and vacuum to slow me down.

dingbang 09-26-2012 07:05 AM

In gear whenever possible. There have been a few times that had I been coasting, I probably would not have had a whole car anymore.

whitetiger 09-26-2012 07:08 AM

just drive however the **** you want.

dingbang 09-26-2012 07:10 AM

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Originally Posted by whitetiger (Post 4087428)
just drive however the **** you want.

<3


It's a heart btw. :P lol

specialB 09-26-2012 08:44 AM

I usually put it in neutral, bounce the needle off the rev limiter and then slam it into first gear coming from whatever gear i was in previously. Keeps the carbon out of the exhaust and keeps the clutch from burning....lmao!

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lee07 09-26-2012 09:02 AM

In the city or around town I push in the clutch and hold it while stepping on the brakes as well. So in gear(under 30mph or stop and go traffic)

Exiting off a freeway I throw it in N and coast up or down the ramp and then step on the brakes as I near the intersection.

SBT 09-26-2012 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Max Capacity (Post 4087369)
Coast as much as I can. I tend to know what's around me so the chances of needing power in a instent is pretty rare.

I tend to watch traffic and the up coming traffic lights and let the engine idle instead of using the compression and vacuum to slow me down.

Pretty much my style too, but I do rev-match and engine brake as much as possible... especially downhill, which is likely why my brakes last so long.

Plus, as others have said, emergency avoidance is that much easier to initiate.

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Originally Posted by whitetiger (Post 4087428)
just drive however the **** you want.

Or this.... :)


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