We all want to make the most out of fuel economy, especially on long drives. There are several ways to go about it such as being easy on the gas pedal, improving your anticipation and driving smoothly.

Freewheeling however, isn’t one of them. Freewheeling is putting the car in neutral and letting the gravity maintain the car’s momentum. Why is it dangerous? Let us explain.

When your car is in neutral, there is no power being sent to the wheels, meaning that if you have to step on the gas to avoid something, you will not be able to accelerate out of harms way. With no drive to the wheels, there is a higher risk for the car fishtailing out of control. If you do decide to put it in gear in an emergency, freewheeling increases your reaction time as you have to shift the car into gear while doing the maneuver.

Is Driving in Neutral Dangerous? Yes, it could be. You should not abruptly shift to that gear when you are driving on a highway at a great speed, except for emergencies. It drastically slows down the car and cuts down many wheel functions, which may cause accidents

a moving car is put into neutral, no power flows from the engine to the wheels even if you press the pedal. … You will have to manage your braking (on a downward slope) to slow down the car and in case of any emergency you probably won’t have time to simply brake and control the car.

Holding the clutch down or staying in neutral for too long will cause your vehicle to freewheel. This is known as ‘coasting’ and it’s dangerous because it reduces your control of the vehicle.

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