Thursday, June 12, 2008
Freshly waxed and soaking up some sun...
Our car is 20 years old ....next year, I believe, it will be legal to drink and drive... since the car will also be over 21.
The little red wagon came with 112K and now has +285K. Our most recent gas mileage was 37 hwy/32 town. And in this time of $4+/gallon I am going to share some saving gas anecdotes.
1. Our friend commutes 45 miles each way to work. By reducing her speed to 50-55 mph, coasting to stops early (and possibly avoiding having to stop at all), she now gets 5 full days from a tank of gas when she was only getting 3.5 days before. HUGE savings.
2. Sara got better Hwy miles from the little red wagon than I did. So, I reluctantly performed the "Driving 70-75 mph vs Driving 60-65 mph" experiment and increased the mpg on my trips from 32 to 37 (N=2 for both conditions). This both pleased and irritated me.
3. I get pretty good gas mileage in town (and it has been improving) by coasting down all hills, avoiding first gear whenever I can and coasting to stops. I have not been able to break the bad habit of punching it off the line...but I no longer rev the engine at drivers beside me. Baby steps.
And there are the other things that are just a matter of planning. If we do drive for any reason, we try to get at least 3 or 4 errands done at once. Bus, walk, carpool, sailboat etc. are all good car alternatives...if you live in the right area.
Sara said there was a piece on NPR about gas saving things and the one that made the most difference was the one that changed your driving habits. I think this is the link...but I'm not sure it was too long to listen to....