Coasting in Neutral on Downgrade Prohibited is Expensive
Nothing can ruin your day faster than seeing the lights of a police car in your rearview mirror.
Driving down the highway, minding your own business, you reach the top of a hill and start your descent. Who hasn’t thought of saving a little gas and wear and tear on the transmission by dropping into neutral and coasting? It seems like it would be a natural thought acted on without much hesitation.
There are actually a couple of good reasons not to coast in neutral, including the fact that it’s against the law.
California Vehicle Code 21710 states, “The driver of a motor vehicle when traveling on downgrade upon any highway shall not coast with the gears of such a vehicle in neutral.”
It would seem the main reason for this law is that coasting in neutral is unsafe. Being in neutral reduces the control you have over the vehicle, especially on wet pavement. If you have to change lanes to avoid an obstacle on the roadway if your vehicle is in neutral, you have to put it in gear in order to respond quickly to the road conditions.
Keeping the vehicle in gear also helps with braking while on a downgrade, reducing wear and tear on your vehicle’s brakes. The engine in a newer vehicle may even stall while in neutral as the internal computer adjusts to there being no pull on the engine. What about saving gas? That actually doesn’t happen. In fact, you may even save more money by reducing the strain on other parts of your vehicle.
California Vehicle Code 21710 Can Be Dismissed
Despite all these things, many drivers do put their vehicles into neutral when on a downgrade, and as a result, receive a traffic ticket for it. A majority of ticketed drivers are the result of a police officer believing the vehicle was coasting due to visual observation. If you have received a ticket for the violation of CVC 21710, we can give you options and advocate for the dismissal of the citation.
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