How coasting downhills helps save you gas!!!

Real Estate Agent with William RAVEIS Realty

Did anyone read the Yahoo article this week about the hybrid car in California where the owner was getting 100 miles per gallon with his car?  The driver achieved this amazing feet by driving the speed limit, coasting down hills and turning his car off at long red lights.  I ran a small experiment this weekend and I improved my gas milage! I thought I would share this with everyone and see if anyone else read the article and if they performed their own test!!

Comments (7)

Dennis Beckner
Beckner Mobile Notary - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

They showed some guys on the news a couple of weeks ago who did this. They have a word for them, but I forget what it is. I drive a Toyota 4Runner. I tried some of these concepts and it seemed like my gas mileage went down. Hmmm. I don't disagree with their findings, I just haven't found it true for my SUV.

Happy driving,


Jun 15, 2008 11:47 AM
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

I experimented as well, hiring 6 young men to push my car around town while I kept it in neutral. It helped a lot, and it was more economical for me to pay per mile transported, divided by 6, than to pay per gallon.

Jun 15, 2008 11:50 AM
Susan Hilton
CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc. - College Station, TX
Texas Aggie Real Estate, College Station Bryan Texas Real Estate

Going downhill won't work in Texas.... Land is just flat.   :)

Jun 15, 2008 11:51 AM
Jared Pomranky ~ Detroit Foreclosures
Urban Detroit Wholesalers - Detroit, MI

I don't see the big issue people have with the gas prices.  It's overblown for the actual impact it has.  The average person will spend $500 more per year on gas with our prices.  I say higher gas prices are better for moving ahead in our country.  I say let's get $5/gal quickly so there's more of a focus on public transportation.  Cheaper and better for the environment.

Jun 15, 2008 12:07 PM
Susan McQuaide
Keller Williams - Simpsonville, SC

I used to always to do years ago when i drove a stick. I lived in Pittsburgh back then and it is very hilly - It was also useful when coming down a big in the snow.

Jun 15, 2008 12:09 PM
Gregory Lohr
West Columbia, SC

Hey must have a compact car.  Back when gas was $1.00/gal I was spending over $125/month.  Multiply that by 4x the cost, and that is over $500/month, not $500 extra a year.  What math have you been doing?  From $1500 to $6000 a year for gas is a huge increase for any budget.

To the original comment...I saw the same tv show that another poster commented on, and these guys go to extremes.  Sadly, some of those measure don't work with a larger vehicle.  The reason, if  you drive too slow and take off too slow, you stay in low gears for too long for too great a distance, which will definitely make your milage worse.  I can drive in 1st gear at 2000 rpm or in high gear at 2000 rpm, and I will get much better milage in high gear.

One guy on the show got over 150 mpg.  Very few people would be willing to go to the extremes he went through to get that kind of milage.  He timed lights on all of his trips, took off very slow, insisted on never breaking unless absolutely necessary (which is why he times all the red lights), he cut his motor off to drift downhill (you should only do this in a manual shift, as auto transmissions are not intended to drift in neutral).  He held up lots of traffic making many people furious with him.  And that is only some of the stuff they mentioned on the tv show.  In our fast paced fast food society, few people will go that far unless they absolutely have to.  No one has that kind of patience.

Jun 15, 2008 01:08 PM
Diane & Bob Arenholz
William RAVEIS Realty - Yorktown Heights, NY
Covering all of Westchester County, NY


Thank you so much for your response - I think you made an excellent point when you mentioned how the driver went to extremes and annoyed everyone driving behind him!!  I don't think it is worth doing everything that was mentioned in the article but coasting downhill (if you have hills in your area;) is certainly worth it in my mind! 


I know some people who have an hour commute to work who are already living almost paycheck to paycheck.  Although it may not seems like a large financial impact, when you fill you tank twice a week (8 times a month) this increase really hits you in the pocket.  Also, keep in mind that it is not just unleaded and diesel that have increased.  Heating oil, Natural Gas and Propane prices have all increased as well so people's utility bills plus the high gas prices are effecting some people's budgets!!

Jun 16, 2008 01:05 AM