Coasting in neutral while driving could result in a hefty £1,000 fine and is a common driving myth. Many people believe that coasting their car saves petrol, but it actually does not and can cause damage to the vehicle. Additionally, it puts the driver at risk of being fined for not being in control of the car. While it is not specifically illegal to coast downhill, if an accident occurs and the driver is not in full control, they could be deemed to have committed an offence. According to Rule 122 of the Highway Code, coasting can reduce driver control. Motorists could face fines or disqualification if they are considered out of control, according to LeaseLoco. CEO John Wilmot explained that coasting in gear while driving downhill uses little to no fuel, as the engine detects that the accelerator is not engaged and cuts fuel going into the injectors. However, coasting in neutral disconnects the engine and wheels, causing fuel to be sent to the engine, as it does not receive the rotational power it needs from the wheels.
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