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LaunchnRetrieve

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Reading a few threads it seems some are more concerned about gas prices than others. I would fall into the more concerned category.

We're up to $4.30 and higher for 87 octane in Northern California, and climbing. As of 2/23/12.

So, I'm wondering what you've done and what can be done to improve your MPG for both your travel rigs and for your commuter cars/trucks/SUVs.

I've started driving 59mph instead of 69mph (yeah that's me) in the slow lane for my work commute and other driving. I always tow my trailer at 59mph, so no room for changes there (if I go slower the semis have to keep passing me).

I'm treating the gas pedal like there's an egg between my foot and the pedal.

And I'm playing the game where I let off the gas early so that I roll up to stop lights instead of driving to the light and hitting my brakes.

I'm playing a tire pressure game, trying to run as high a pressure as I can without getting center wear from overinflation.

The cars have received normal maintenance.

What else is there to improve MPG? Any non-placebo tips/tricks to help?

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Driving slower is the only thing that will help your gas mileage to a point anyways. You could incorporate some of the hypermiler tricks. Some are dangerous IMO but others can make a difference. Although we're one of the rare people that doesn't figure fuel economy into vehicle purchases, we're going to buy a third more fuel efficient vehicle so the DW doesn't have to daily drive the truck anymore. We were going to get another car for her anyways but rising gas prices made it worth buying another sooner (ie we could pay for the 3rd car with the fuel savings) than later.

* This post was edited 02/23/12 01:46pm by mena661 *


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LaunchnRetrieve wrote:

What else is there to improve MPG?


Coast more???

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for driving to the store and around town, I ride my little Honda scooter. 100 MPG my truck sits at home and that is why I only have less than 50K on her and she is 10 years old. Most of those miles are towing miles and winter driving since she is a 4x4.

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This is my contributions to the effort. Confirms a lot about what we all know, just never thought it was worth much, as few of us are stupid enough to be fooled by the hype.

I have not done the research myself, and do not know where this originated, but here it is anyway

"


Cost to operate a Chevy Volt

A reporter test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors.

For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.

Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery.
So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.
It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.
In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery hold 16 kwh
of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.

The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned so I looked up what I pay for electricity.

I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh.

16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.

$18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.

Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg.

$3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.........you do the math."


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Driving slow will help some, but no one tows at 50 MPH and if they do, it's not or very long. Once you figure out what your MPG is at a comfortable towing speed, you can calculate how much you are going to spend and what trips you can aford to take. I'm planning my camping trips a little more carefully now, but I'm not going to anguish to the point where I don't enjoy doing it. That's counter productive. I know what my truck is going to do on average and I live with it. If I'm towing under under unusual conditions like cross winds or steep grades, I may check my mileage for grins, but I move on. You can make yourself nuts worrying over this stuff. Drive 60(your tires are rated for 65) and keep your TTtire inflated at max cold pressure and go have fun.


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VOTE!!!!!

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After you vote, e-mail your congressmen and tell them they are fired.

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I tow at 56 mph which might not save much gas as compared with 59 BUT why not try it? So what if the semi's have to pass. They whiz by me all the time but fortunately it is usually on four lane or more interstate highways.


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Two weeks ago i paid $3.19/gal and drove to work at 70 MPH.
Yesterday i paid $3.45/gal and drove to work at 70 MPH.
I've been getting 22 MPG from my truck since i bought it new in 1998.

Looks like the gas prices haven't changed my driving habits, yet.

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