After my last post, A Friendly Drive to better Mileage, it occurred to me when reading other gas mileage saving tips around the web that coasting in neutral might be illegal in Florida.
Not wanting to advocate breaking the law to save money on fuel, I asked my wife, Ofie, to look into it for me.
Here is what she found out.
HB 4019 passed the House on March 24, 2011 and passed the Senate on March 30, 2011. The bill was approved by the Governor on April 27, 2011, chapter 2011-9, Laws of Florida, and took effect on April 27, 2011.
The law repeals unnecessary language 316.2024, Florida Statutes, relating to motor vehicle operation. The language being repealed prohibits motor vehicle drivers from travelling on a downgrade with the vehicle in neutral or the clutch disengaged. (In other words, “coasting in neutral”).
So if you live inFlorida, you can now coast in neutral without fear of getting pulled over for it, which is unlikely anyway. More importantly, you can do it without feeling guilty that you are doing something wrong.
Does coasting in neutral really save gas? Is coasting in neutral safe?
Stay tuned for my next post ……