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maxknowsbest

27 months ago

Is putting your car into neutral, the best way to descend a hill in winter?

In my humble opinion putting your car into neutral whilst descending an icy passage is the best way to keep traction, because you are taking the power away from the wheels and therefore your are not fighting the engine while trying to slow down the car.
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beccas6l

  26 months ago
I believe putting your car in neutral whenever going down a hill is the best thing to do unless in heavy traffi of course. Kills time and energy from the car
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whiskeylake80

  26 months ago
The best way to descend down a icy passage is put the vehicle in low gear and let the engine do the braking, but don't exceed 25 mph in 1st gear, when you need to apply breaks, apply lightly and give yourself a generous margin for error as slippery surfaces are unpredictable. If you lock your brakes and loose friction with the driving surface you are entirely in God's hands. Neutral will not slow your car. As an experiment once I drove a car off a large hill starting from a cold stop at the top, reached speed exceeding 60 mph. If driving conditions continue to deteriate and staying home or pulling over isn't an option then maneuver the vehicle to the center of the crown of the road as the slight angle of the road surface may force you to one side or the other. But if you don't need to travel in such conditions then don't.
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monicat388

  26 months ago
I heard my brother tell my mom about doing that so when we got a bad ice storm this winter I had to take my nephew to school and the road that he lives off of has hills about four in a row. Its like a roller coaster ride, but every time that I had to go down the part of the hill I put my car in neutral and I thought that it helped out a lot to control the car going down a hill with the car in neutral.
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jeremy.sansom

  26 months ago
In my humble opinion putting your car into neutral whilst descending an icy passage is the best way to keep traction, because you are taking the power away from the wheels and there
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ssman7

  26 months ago
dont put it in neutral with ur foot off the gas the motor is,,,,,,nt doing any thing it helps you slow down
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duplicate_of_1510456686

  26 months ago
Anytime you take and remove the power from the wheel, i.e. put the car in neutral, you have lost some essential control of your vehicle. When trying to slow the car, the wheels are actually slowing your vehicle up some when the engine in engaged.
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nickbgcntry

  26 months ago
no becouse u would want to keep some drag on the motor insted of breaking do to sliding when the breaks are aplied
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cabinetdude

  27 months ago
You never put your car in neutral when descending a hill . bad idea because now you have to depend on the brakes to slow down which can cause your car to start skiding and sliding out of control .put the car in a lower gear and the transmion will slow you down it's called "down shifting".
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sue243

  27 months ago
I believe so because when we live on the top of the mountain in west virginia that's what I do and they said it will be a better traction.
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anthonyharrison45

  27 months ago
A driver's ultimate defense against loss of control on an icy passage are three life saving guidelines:
1) Use common sense and snow chains or cables
2) Wait out conditions in a safer environ
3) Heed transportation officials' travel recommedations
Aside from those guidelines, if descending is a must, then popping the clutch to throw it into neutral will offer the best control of the vehicle under best conditions. Good traction is determined by how well your car's tires make contact with road surfaces. So, in icy conditions, a vehicle driven in neutral will have only a slightly better advantage of control without offering much more traction than a vehicle pinned in first gear.
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