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Cabotage is covered by Rule 122 of the Highway Code and is defined as a vehicle being driven in neutral or with the clutch depressed. Motorists are often cautioned against using this method as it can reduce driver control.
Engine braking is removed when coasting and can cause a rapid increase in downhill speed.
As a result, drivers may experience a reduction in brake pedal effectiveness given the increased use.
Steering response will also be affected, with drivers seeing a noticeable difference, especially when cornering and cornering.
It may also be more difficult to select the appropriate gear when needed.
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“When we’re driving downhill in gear, our engine computer detects that the throttle is not engaged and prevents fuel from entering the fuel injectors.
“We use very little or no fuel on downhill runs.
“However, when we drive downhill in neutral, our engine and wheels disconnect.
“This forces a small amount of fuel to be sent to the engine because the car is not getting the rotational power it needs from the wheels, instead drawing that power directly from the wheels.”
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Because they are probably going faster than usual, it takes more force to brake on the same trip.
This means that the brake discs and pads wear out faster.
According to Fixter, the average cost of replacing front brake rotors and pads is £224, with prices ranging between £140 and £400.
Rear brake discs and pads will also set drivers back quite heavily, with an average price tag of £249.