Coasting with the Engine Turned Off
As drivers consider ways to maximize their fuel efficiency, some have gone beyond just buying a hybrid vehicle. From drivers who turn off the radio and climate controls to extreme hypermilers, several methods have been tried with varying degrees of success. However, many of these hypermiling techniques, aimed at vastly increasing a vehicle’s MPG values, may not be safe for the road. In particular, engine-off coasting endangers drivers and surrounding motorists.
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The Dangers of Turning the Engine Off
Engine-off coasting threatens the health and safety of motorists, and it can drastically wear on the vehicle’s mechanical systems. Many of the more extreme proponents of saving gas argue that hybrid vehicles already turn off the engine when it is not needed, claiming that they are simply doing the same thing. In reality, a precise computer that can measure when the engine can safely be deactivated controls hybrid systems. Also, these vehicles are made for this kind of activity, whereas other cars are not.
Consider the following dangers of engine-off coasting:
- Damage to the transmission
- Damage to the vehicle’s lubrication systems
- Loss of power braking
- Loss of power steering
- Loss of safety systems
By using engine-off coasting to improve fuel efficiency, drivers lose access to systems and features that are an important part of safe driving.
If you have been injured by a reckless driver, you may have grounds for legal action. For more information, contact the Waukesha car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 today.