Not 20 Cents Per Gallon, But Still, Not Bad

Well, the results are in. Driving an average of 7mph slower for an entire week did show and increase in fuel efficiency from 36.2 to 37.5 mpg. In fact in the year and a half I have tracked my car it has never reached 37 mpg. So what does that translate to in cents per gallon? My math may be a little rusty but I came to 13 cents. Not quite the 20 cents mentioned in the previous post but still not bad. 13 cents per gallon translates to 1/3 of a gallon less per week, or a dollar less per fill up. Put that way it doesn’t sound drastic, but I know people who will drive out of their way for a station that charges 2 cents a gallon less.

This experiment also taught me a few unexpected things about the mentality of drivers in my area. For one, a driver literally sandwiched his car between 2 semi-trailer trucks just to get around and exit exactly 20 feet in front of me. Another driver seemed to think that driving at the speed limit in the slow lane is inappropriate, and signaled me to move out of his way. Having grown up on Long Island I am used to such things, however I do tend to expect better from the semi-rural setting I live in now. I’ve heard rumors of a return to the federal speed maximum of 55 used during the 70’s gas crisis. This past week has made me doubt such a law is possible today.

I’m going to continue my hypermiling experiment. The next step is to shift into neutral when stopping or going down hill. That’s about the most I can do with an automatic transmission. They also say you should turn off your car if you will idle for more than 30 seconds, this includes going downhill. I’m not sure if I’m ready for that. However I have set a goal, to reach the 40 mpg advertised on the sticker when I bought my car. If that happens I will post it here.

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4 Responses to Not 20 Cents Per Gallon, But Still, Not Bad

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  2. Mohan says:

    … PWND, If you’re 36, have have six-figures for several years, and you’re still rnniteg…well, my friend, you’re a loser who likely has a horrible credit score. Reminds me of an old saying…”you can polish a turd all you want, but in the end, it’s still a turd…”#####You ain’t no “Cornhusker”. You are a pathetic piece of human excrement squirming with stinky, crawly maggot. You don’t even have a brain. What you have up in your ass-head is SHITs…Now to the good old proverb:The Americano is as toasted as a snapper turtle skewered on a stick from head to ass all sizzling, juices dripping, fat popping over a bed of white hot charcoal grill.Americano = Grilled Snapper TurtleHeeeee… Haaaaa… Arrrrr…The mentality of the average Americano is just amazing, if not stupefying.A Circuit City Sale Associate is able to buy a $500K house.A Shoe Sale Man is driving an Audi.An uneducated, illiterate, ignorant Ford factory auto-assembly worker makes $40/hour.A single loud mouth, fat-ass, obese, diabetic, divorced driver is driving a stupendous, big-ass, chicken-coop For SUV Expedition so he/she can feel proud about being an Americano. That is stupider that a dog (A scabie dog, that is !).Illegal immigrant is getting welfare, medicare and medicaid free health care, free school lunch, free education, pay no tax, every thing is under the table cash.The Iraqi has Weapon Of Mass Destruction.Talk about brain-dead zombie, blind-as-a-bat crapper. Maybe that is the reason why there is such word as “Trailer White Trash”, “BORKAFATTY” AKA The Pig chomping at the feed trough…

  3. Oh….. by the way. High school isn’t supposed to be “real life.” It’s high school. And if it didn’t prepare you for “real life” on what street corner did you learn to write?

  4. scrive:Certo, lo siamo tutti, e non “in qualche modo…” ma in senso pieno.questi comunque sono solo frammenti…ad ogni modo si, chi ci scrive per cose personali in genere cerca di rifletterci su…

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