Engine Braking is an out dated tactic for the most part. Now that most cars have power brakes, applying the clutch and simply braking is simple and effective enough to come to a stop from any speed.
Engine braking does have a purpose though, When slowing down drastically, but not completely stopping, it can help. This is where driving a stick shift car has it’s advantage. The lower the gear you are in, the more responsive the car is when you step on the gas. When we slow down to make a turn and downshift, it is a much better alternative to stepping on the brakes and then downshifting when we complete the turn. Engine braking is an advanced tool, but one you will naturally start doing when you get better. Why? Because it’s much smoother.
Sometimes, engine braking becomes practical in extreme weather situations. If the road is icy, slamming the brakes might make the car slide. Clutching down a gear while releasing the clutch slowly might be just what you need instead of the very sensitive brakes. Even though power brakes and new technology have made engine braking a thing of the past, it can be used effectively and comfortably. Play around with engine braking a little and see how it feels.