No, I just don't like to raise the RPMs while I'm braking because that reduces MPG.dkozloski said:The dingbat that rides the brakes is showing that he has no real regard for fine machinery and doesn't mind displaying his ignorance.
I believe that raising the RPMs via engine-braking, shuts off the fuel injectors giving you an INST MPG readout of 70.Krashed989 said:No, I just don't like to raise the RPMs while I'm braking because that reduces MPG.
I'm with you. Engine braking in mountains is much safer than relying on brakes alone. I'd be the first one to go into graceful mode, if given the chance; however, I live by Plano, (from Latin plānus, which means "flat").dkozloski said:Why is it that the folks that drive in the mountains on a regular basis use engine braking to cruise down the hills in a graceful manner while the flatlanders ride the brakes with smoke and stink billowing out behind them? What we are witnessing is the dumbing down of the culture. It used to be on the driving test that you selected a lower gear before starting down a grade. In fact the yellow signs suggesting such action are still seen along side the road in mountainous areas. One more issue for the counterculture to rebel against.
Good one. :thumbsup:dkozloski said:Come to think of it, it might be a good education for some of you East Coast Yankees and flatlanders to ask an over the road trucker what happens when you ride the brakes through the Snake River Canyon or over Grapevine or Donner pass. I can tell you what will happen over Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway where the grade is about equal to the pich of the roof on your house.(12-14%) There has to be a reason for the Jacobs engine brake. It would sure be a shame for any of you to have to learn the hard way that engine braking is your friend. Why do you suppose they have those runaway turnouts for the trucks on steep grades? Think about it Grasshopper and someday you too shall be wise.
:yup:dkozloski said:The truck turnouts are indeed deep gravel. Some are covered with a kind of frangible pavement to keep freezing rain and snow from solidifying the gravel and making a giant ski jump. Wouldn't that be a thrill?