Question: I have a stick shift vehicle. Is it illegal to coast in neutral?

Answer: This is a good question. It is not illegal. However, it was at one point.

The 1937 law stated: “Coasting. – The driver of any motor vehicle when traveling upon a down grade shall not coast with the gears of such vehicle in neutral. The driver of a commercial motor vehicle when traveling upon a down grade shall not coast with the clutch disengaged.”

In 2014, in an effort to clean up the state law books, Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota State Legislature repealed the law. It is now legal to coast downhill in neutral.

If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow, Minnesota State Patrol, at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205.

Follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at jesse.grabow@state.mn.us.