There are not only brakes that can slow a car. The engine also. Much more economical and “soft” than a kick in the middle pedal.
It can be forgotten from time to time: Use of engine braking reduces fuel consumption and pollution in urban areas and on the road.
In town when you arrive at a roundabout when approaching a stop sign or a traffic light, avoid braking, it is often unnecessary. At low speed, with sufficient anticipation (100m) rather use engine braking to slow your vehicle. You will see the difference, first in your comfort and that of your passengers. Then you find that the vehicle slows down and effectively reaches almost to a stop. Finally, you will see on your fuel bills and maintenance: less fuel consumption (Reminder: #eiverTip 04), and less wear pads and discs. Last but not least, the engine brake is less pollution, including particles emitted by the brakes and tires.
In terms of security, think of those who follow you and see your brake lights light up at every turn or slowdown … The brake lights are interpreted by 95% of drivers as warnings of danger. They brake in turn, often without reason, they comply with the safety distances, and can generate chain reactions, to say the least preventable.
And all this is valid also in highway driving. Think about it.