Question on manual car tactic regarding neutral
hi, looking for opinions on a manual car driving tactic. i am learning to drive a manual car and want to know if this tactic is good or dumb.
so my uncle said that before taking an exit he will speed up a bit to give the car some
power, and then put the car into neutral so he can coast through the exit. he does this to save gas mostly he says, and apparently he enjoys coasting. then he will shift back into gear at the end of the exit when he needs to rejoin traffic. he’s about sixty and has been doing this for years, and i have driven with him when he has used this tactic and it seems to work well for him. never had an obvious problem rejoining traffic smoothly and i have driven with him at all hours, rush hours and quiet hours.
now the guy who was teaching me to drive manual says this is a dumb tactic. he says it prevents you from being in total control of the car, which is especially dumb when taking an exit that has a curve, because you want to have the power of the car in gear behind you turn in order to remain in total control.
so who is right? or are they both right and each has its pros and cons? thanks!