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Friday, May 23, 2008

Hypermiling Hell

Well, it's not really Hell for me, but for the people stuck behind me. . .perhaps. It did take me a little while to get used to driving slower and to coast and to keep shifting into neutral. Sometimes I forget to shift back (and negate all my hard work), or I go too far and onto reverse(not good). I make a game of it now. I see if I can coast a little further or see what my miles per gallon are each fill-up. I live in a pretty rural area, so I can get away with quite a bit. There is a stretch of road on my way home where I can coast in neutral for over a mile and a half. Granted, there is a point where I crest a hill at about 25mph, but then I slowly regain speed as I start back down the hill. (The speed limit is 40mph, but everyone goes about 60mph usually.) Gas was $4.24 here today, so I really don't care who I annoy while I'm trying to save gas. They can pass me if they want to go faster. There was always a police officer who was always trying to catch me speeding down that road. I can't wait 'til he clocks me coasting at 25mph!


Jeweled Blossoms said...

Oh good gracious. I don't think going 55 mph on my way to work in the morning at 5am is going to work too well. Great tips though :)


createascene said...

Funny girl! :-)

Anitra Cameron said...

It's kind of scary isn't it? Gas here can still be found at just under $4, but I drive as little as possible now, and always combine trips.

On top of that, I made the first trip to a grocery store in about 10 days yesterday, and could hardly believe how much things had gone up. $2.30 a pound for Gala or Fuji apples? $4 a pound for strawberries?! Gadzooks.

Well, this is where the ingenuity you're showing comes into play, yes?