I am looking to conserve energy and increase brake pad life in the following scenario - Say I need to stop 500 meters from where I am at. Assume I am a very aware and an expert driver and that there is no other car behind me.
If I am driving at a speed of 70 kmph, which one of these will be the most effective ways to brake an automatic 2013 Camry :
- A) Slow and steady brake (which will include the slight engine brake that engages with constant decelaration) till the stop line.
- B) One swift braking action bringing the speed down to 50 and letting the car roll and finally bring it to stop with one swift brake.
- C) Applying (sudden and full?)brakes only when near the red light (and legally stopping behind the stop line).
Or is there another way of braking that will do the least wear and tear on the car ? Till date I have used A) but I am interested to know of better ways to brake even if it prolongs the life of the brakes even by 1%