So I've been doing some online research on engine braking (downshifting with manual transmission) vs pedal braking (applying the brakes). Ive seen different thoughts on the matter. Some say engine braking puts alot of wear and tear on your clutch and can be harmful for front wheel drive vehicles because of the weight being thrust forward on the front end. Gas mileage comes into play as well with applying the brakes using less gas as opposed to downshifting to slow down. What are your thoughts on this guys? Ive been downshifting to slow down at stop lights and such as opposed to applying the brakes, coming to a stop then shifting to first or neutral.