I don't enjoy offending people, but when I replied to the post about not wanting to take off the shoes I read it as a rude response to a well-meant advice and replied a bit sharp because of that (and maybe because of being a norwegian - known for our rude behaviour and hopeless social skills ) When I afterwards re-read his post, I saw that it might not have been meant that way, but for sure he did not go out of his way to be polite either, so the following explosion was not very necessary from his side. If you track his posts, you will see that he came here for Scangauge info (to track transmission temperatures), and not for hypermiling advice for his 96 Suburban and 97 Explorer. Otherwise I read your article with great interest. I have always been above average aware of safety and I would f.ex never consider FAS'ing an auto. As for FAS'ing a manual I rarely do it but _do_ think with proper training one could do that safely (proper gear selected, foot on cluth ready to drop it, regularly practicing the emergency maneuver). Think of it, fresh drivers have to practice emergency braking too, and divers have to practice (at least mentally) the lead-belt-release/emergency-west trigger, skydivers practice chute-release etc. Aviation guys like you know this very well of course. I am seriously working on installing an electric vacuum pump to my brake system (something that is readily available in diesel, electric and hybrid cars), to be able to safely FAS towards red lights and in congested traffic. For high speed driving the idle consumption is so low that I do not consider FAS necessary anyway, so loss of airbags/PS is not a worry.