sgt1372 wrote:It's not just my opinion that it's unsafe, which is why I added the link above. Did you even read it?
If you're unconvinced so be it. You're not the only person doing whatever they want to do on the road in violation of the law.
I do it too when I speed but at least I'm aware of the risks that arise when I do. Still not sure that you are aware of the risks of doing what you do.
I read the link, but it lacked much substance. Perhaps the last comment was closest to the reality of how things work.
Nowhere have I suggested allowing a vehicle to run away in neutral. In fact, my comment about coasting has nothing directly to do with hills at all. The link only talked about grades so steep that a vehicle would gain too much speed unless slowed. It ignores the more frequent moderate hills we encounter such as overpasses.
When I encounter a steep enough hill that I need to prevent an unsafe speed, I leave my car in D, or downshift as needed. One thing not even mentioned in the ignorant posts in that link is the benefit of fuel cutoff gained by leaving a car in D. Both automatic and manual cars stop injecting fuel when the engine is slowing the vehicle, which saves fuel. Coasting in neutral in a conventional car doesn't turn the engine, so fuel has to be burned to maintain engine RPM.
I'm fully aware of the "dangers" of coasting in neutral. I don't use N when it's an inappropriate time to use it, such as controlling excessive speed, or otherwise trying to slow down. If I die because of an accident that could have been avoided had I saved the 0.3 seconds it takes me to shift back to D, and accelerate to safety, you may inherit everything I own, as long as you agree to allow me to inherit your possessions if "speed was a factor" in your death.
... and who is the one protesting here? I'm in full agreement with the OP. Anyone who disagrees is doing the protesting.