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Michael Curtis

Michael Curtis
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Michael has always had a passion for things with four wheels and an engine. His parents often joked that his first word was "Porsche." He currently works for TFL full time as an editor, videographer, presenter & writer. In his spare time, he stays plugged into the car community through meets and other events.

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Ask TFL: Why Don’t Manufacturers Let You Permanently Shut Off Auto...

Stop/start systems are becoming more widespread in today's new cars, as manufacturers aim to improve fuel economy and lower emissions. On its face, it's a great feature to have. When you roll to a stop, these systems cut the engine out. That way, you save fuel (and stop noxious greenhouse gas emissions) when you aren't moving. But -- and there is a but -- these systems also have a tendency to lurch the car back into life when you take your foot off the brake.