Drivers who ‘coast’ to save money on fuel could be subject to heavy fines


Drivers could be handed a £1,000 fine for coasting in neutral.

Fuel-saving methods can cause damage to your vehicle and limit your ability to control it.

Although it is legal to coast downhill, you may be charged with reckless driving.

Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 or even be disqualified if they’re involved in an accident while coasting, BirminghamLive reports.

Coasting is defined in Rule 122 of Highway Code as a vehicle that travels in neutral or with its clutch down.

LeaseLoco warns failure to have proper control of a car can result in a fine of £1,000 or a discretionary disqualification.

Auto accident involving two cars on a city street
A fine could be imposed if there is an accident that occurred while you were coasting.

John Wilmot, Chief Executive of LeaseLoco stated: “When we drive downhill in gear our engine ECU detects that the accelerator isn’t engaged and cuts fuel from going into the fuel injectors.

“Driving downhill in gear requires very little fuel. When we drive downhill in gear, our engine and wheels are disconnected.

“This forces a small amount of fuel to be sent to the engine due to the car not receiving the rotational power it needs from the wheels, instead of drawing that power directly from the wheels.”

Many rules were put in place starting January 1st.

Car tax is set to rise in line with inflation next year – when a whole set of new laws and increases will take effect.

Drivers need to be aware of the new Clean Air Zones that will apply in more cities. Tougher guidelines will also be implemented for drivers who use mobile phones while driving.

At the moment, drivers can be punished for using a handheld cellphone for ‘interactive communication’ while driving.

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