Originally Posted by skytop
Not a dope at all. But consider this....if you have to suddenly move out of the way of a an oncoming tractor trailer or out of control vehicle, in the shock of the event, you may forget to put your truck in gear or put it in the wrong gear. Also, it takes precious time to place it back in gear which you may not have.
As a defensive driver, one must always have an escape option for safety. Being in neutral seriously reduces your options and impairs your safety.
I read that and my mouth feel open.
Chances are you are not going to have the time to get out of harms way from a dead stop and if you could, during the utter chaos you could definitely move yourself into a death trap. If it is going to get you it well get you whether you are standing still or moving. Accidents are quick and mostly unpredictable.
Anyway, the advantage of putting your truck into neutral or park will allow it to run cooler on very hot days when you are running the air or even not running the air. In neutral your engine will not be under load and running it will run at higher rpm's cooling the engine better. Gas wise probably won't make any difference.
Oh! And keep an eye out for those 18 wheelers that smash into fast food drive up windows.