If Everyone Stopped at Stop SignsSeptember 11, 2006March 26, 2007Points to Ponder The times they are a-changin’. This post seems to be older than 14 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated. How much more gas we use if everyone actually stopped at stop signs instead of just rolling through? 0 Related 4 thoughts on “If Everyone Stopped at Stop Signs” mikeshoup September 11, 2006 at 12:11 pm Depends on a number of factors. Automagics would definitely consume more since the stall speed on the torque converter forces the engine to rev slightly high when starting off. (hurray for torque multiplying effect) Manuals on the other hand, if the car has enough torque, can usually just start up at a lower rpm with less gas just to get going. Definitely interesting. My guess is though, you’d only see a slight increase in consumption. Maybe 1/2 mpg at most? Audrey September 11, 2006 at 2:29 pm I heard a statistic that if we replaced all stop lights and stop signs with traffic circles we would use a THIRD less gas. Pretty impressive. To bad no one knows how to drive in traffic circles… quinn September 11, 2006 at 10:48 pm the greater cost in this situation seems to be wear & tear on the vehicle, espec. brakes Peter September 12, 2006 at 2:46 pm cost? what determines cost, is it purely money now? if so you are almost certainly right, but what happens if we factor in the added harm to the environment by using the added gas? would it really still be outweighed by wear and tear? Comments are closed.