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Dec 16, 2005 (11:05 am)
While waiting for my Prius to be delivered, I have been practicing my driving habits in my old ('91) Honda Accord. I have come to the conclusion that it pays more to take it easy. Why?
I am not rushing around as much; besides going the speed limit, I am not pushing it. As a result, I am driving safer. The commute to work is easier now. Although I have to leave earlier, I get to work on time and I am not bothered by traffic. On the way home, when sitting in 5mph traffic, I take my time rather than try to get through the traffic.
Plus, I am getting better mileage out of my old car than I had been. Previously, I was a jackrabbit who couldn't wait to get to the next stoplight (or freeway exit). Now, with a more relaxed method of driving, I also don't feel that much rushed.
So when my Prius comes I will be able to drive it and enjoy it. Not only will I save more gas but I will save my nerves, too.
#491 of 519 Re: Driving habits [looking4prius]
Dec 16, 2005 (11:08 am)
Great Job Looking4 ~~!! Welcome to the sensible side of driving !!!
Your personal stress level is down, too, you can be sure.
#492 of 519 Re: Driving habits [looking4prius]
Dec 19, 2005 (2:23 pm)
I agree. I've been pretty much doing the same thing, basing some of it on ideas gleaned from a writeup by misterme. I've gone from ~ 22mpg to ~ 27mpg on my 70 mile RT commute over an 1800 foot pass in my Lincoln LS. Not earth shattering but an appx 20% increase helps at $2.25 + /gallon.
PS - Oh, I'm not waiting on a Prius though. Can't afford a new car right now. Probably wouldn't be a Prius if I could.
PPS - All that said, I have SERIOUS doubts about misterme's claimed 100% improvement in his GC from 14 to 28 mpg. There is NO WAY I think I could do the same in my Lincoln. That would be 44mpg. Misterme - how can I achieve that??? Best I've gotten is 28.4 and that was keeping it under 60mph. At that speed the only thing I passed in 35 miles was a garbage truck.
#493 of 519 Re: Driving habits [larsb]
Dec 19, 2005 (2:30 pm)
I agree about the stress level. I believe hypermiling techniques can be used in any car. Look at Xcel who achieves high 40's in his PZEV Accord. He doesn't seem to be late for appointments according to his posts!!! If I were to get a hybrid, I would definitely get a Prius. Judging from all the non hybrid folks chiming in, it looks like hybrid mania is just beginning!! I think the hybrids (especially the Prius) are really going to do quite well over the next decade.
#494 of 519 Update on gas mileage/fuel costs
Dec 20, 2005 (9:13 am)
For those who might care:
From August 8th 2005 through December 19th 2005, my Civic Hybrid has achieved this:
3,070 miles driven
$134.66 spent on fuel
135 days total
about $1 per day in fuel costs
about 4.4 cents per mile in fuel costs
about 49.3 miles per gallon
average fuel price was $2.579 per gallon
I could expect no better than this from anything this side of a Honda Insight. Hooray for Hybrids !!
#495 of 519 Re: Update on gas mileage/fuel costs [larsb]
Dec 20, 2005 (9:29 am)
Actually...hooray you don't drive a diesel. At least you're being lean and green!!! Our planet thanks you!!!
Dec 20, 2005 (11:28 am)
I just purchased a HCH w/o navi yesterday for my wife. i filled up the tank of BMW 528i for $37.91. She is really bad driver as far as mpg. She said she averaged 51.2 mpgh from the dealership to our house (36 miles away - 60% highway - 40% lights). I already know that it will take too many days to fill up this HCH and will cost only $25. Thanks for the hybrids.
#497 of 519 Re: 51.2 mpg [robert47]
Dec 20, 2005 (11:37 am)
congrats Robert47, and enjoy your Hybrid !! Encourage all your friends and family to shop hybrids next time they are car shopping !! Welcome to the club.
#498 of 519 Re: 51.2 mpg [robert47]
Dec 20, 2005 (12:29 pm)
Congrats !!! You made a wise choice!! Glad to hear you're getting such fine mileage.
#499 of 519 General MPG question
Dec 21, 2005 (7:49 am)
Maybe someone here can help me with my question. If an engine is going a constant RPM, say 1500, then regardless if it's idling, up a hill, down a hill, or on flat ground, if the RPM is a constant 1500 then the gas used would be the same...correct? So if at 60mph on cruise it's at a constant 2000rpm on flat highway and asuming I get 30mpg at 60mph, that means I used 2 gallons in one hour of driving at 2000rpm...correct? So if my idling RPM is 1000rpm, then am I correct to say that I'll use 1 gal for every hour I'm idling. So if I idle my car for 10min every morning, then every 6 days I've used a gallon of gas.