Today’s tip is yet another easy way to save money and wear and tear on your transmission.
Avoid engine breaking.
Essentially, engine braking is when you down shift the transmission in order to slow down your vehicle. For example, you’re going down a road in fifth gear, you see a red light ahead and instead of slowing your car by using the breaks, you down shift into third gear.
While down shifting is an easy way to take it easy on your brakes, it’s also a great way to needlessly waste gas.
Anytime your engine revs and the RPMs increase (which is what happens when you down shift), you will use more gas than you would at the same speed but in a higher gear (lower RPMs).
So, instead of using your engine to brake go ahead and ease on to your brake pedal and smoothly come to a stop.