Down shifting vs coasting to a stop

civic
honda

#1

My son believes that it is better to coast to a stop and I say use the engines compression to slow the car down to a full stop. He drives an '07 Honda civic six speed. I maintain that it is safer and you not only have better control of the car, but you save the breaks.


#2

I use my “breaks” to stop my car. I never pay someone to replace brake pads/ rotors. Replacing a clutch is another matter.


#3

If you are talking about downshifting through the gears to slow down, then no, I don’t do it. You can leave it in gear (whichever you happen to be in), no added wear with that, then push in the clutch later on.


#4

Thank you.


#5

Please search for all of the other times this has been asked here, as the answer is the same for you.


#6

We’ve had this post a number of times before. Needlessly wearing out your clutch and gear box to make the brakes last a little while longer is FALSE ECONOMY.

The only time I downshift is when going down a steep slope or mountain road. In that case, the brakes could overheat and fade, a dangerous situation.

Brake jobs are nearly always cheaper than transmission and clutch jobs. So, I would coast under normal cricumstances.


#7
  • Brakes cost: $$
  • Transmissions cost: $$$$$ ??? ??? ???

Take your choice.


#8

I don’t think you can damage your transmission or your clutch if you are coasting… I’ve read numerous articles where they said it loud and clear: It’s not dangerous and you save fuel compared to neutral coasting where you lose a bit of control (on turns for example). So why wouldn’t people go for it ? Maybe they aren’t good/confident enough that they’ll pull it off ? Or people don’t want to risk it on their own car ? Try a car rental service then but I can assure you there’s nothing wrong with this thing.