I did some Google searching this morning to see if I could find any information on this topic…there is nothing. Which probably indicates how crazy this topic really is.
So I was talking with someone yesterday—that someone shall remain nameless—who lives at the top of a steep hill and drives a 2009 Mazda3 with a 5-speed manual transmission. I believe the car is red. On snowy days, this person tells me that she will place the transmission into reverse gear (REVERSE!) and coast down the hill with the clutch pedal depressed and her foot on the brake, occasionally releasing the clutch just enough to engage the reverse gear, in order to control her momentum going down this hill. (Obviously, she can never fully engage the clutch.) She claims this to be an effective way of maintaining control of the car while she is descending this slippery hill to which my response is simply: BUT THAT IS NUTSO! I told her that if it were me, I’d have the car in first gear, the clutch fully engaged (not depressed), and pumping the brake during the extent of my descent. Who’s right?
And more importantly, WHY is that person (i.e. me) right?