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Respectfully, comparing coasting down a mountain in a car to skiing down a mountain on two sticks of waxy material is comparing apples to oranges, but does compare equally with the risk of losing control. In the car, the worst case scenario is a deadly crash; the best case, no effect. On skis, same worst case, and likewise best case applies. The difference is that in each worst case outcome, the car poses a far greater threat to other drivers than a human body to other humans on the mountain. Of course, to either, a tree is never a good thing.
The point I was trying to make to younger drivers is that placing all your faith in the abilities of your car to protect you and others is best served by operating the car in it's intended manner. While experienced drivers may feel comfortable free-wheeling in neutral, it is nevertheless a bad practice to develop as a driving style.
Using the skier as an exmple, there are ski runs of different difficulites rated so a skier may determine for himself a comfort level depending upon experience, gear, and willingness to explore his limits and abilities.
Skis strapped onto your feet are a far cry from operating a car.
While I understand there are many instances with favorable outcomes for 'downhill coasters,' there are likewise many instances of lousy outcomes.
The youthful driver who depends upon the advice of the experienced drivers, is better served by the *safest* attitude for operating a motor vehicle, just as the beginning skier is better advised by the experienced skier to 'stick to the bunny hill until you've got the snow-plow down pat.'