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Low rolling resistance is being built into cars these days in the
quest for lower fuel consumption and emissions, but I never really
thought the difference could be measurable by the "man in the street".
Yesterday I experienced it myself with some considerable surprise. I
was visiting my local Tesco's which has a large and perfectly level car
park. I've had my Greenline Yeti for five months now, but after six
years of driving a car with an automatic handbrake I very occasionally
forget to apply the handbrake on the Yeti, and yesterday at Tesco's was
one of those days. When I came back to the car with the shopping, I
opened the boot and began to adjust one of the hooks on the boot rails
to hang the bags on, and discovered that just applying enough forward
pressure on the hook to slide it along the rail was enough to get the
whole car rolling forward. It takes no effort at all, just a gentle
push with one finger, to get a Greenline Yeti rolling on level ground.

I later compared it to the effort needed to do the same on our old
Honda Civic runabout, and that requires a considerable heave to get it
moving... and its a much smaller vehicle.

I guess its one of the factors that accounts for the fact that we
regularly get over 60mpg showing on the Maxidot when we "go out for a

I'm also glad it wasn't windy yesterday.... a strong gust could have
relocated Marvin in the Tesco's car park while I was inside the shop!

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I can vouch for the fact that the 4 wheel drive will stay put on the level, minus handbrake, and not move without a heafty shove. Hence no 60 mpg, but it will drive out of a muddy field without drama!
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