State's hybrid drivers try to top 100...

State's hybrid drivers try to top 100 miles-per-gallon

There are 22 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Jun 5, 2007, titled State's hybrid drivers try to top 100 miles-per-gallon. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

Thirty-year-old Andrea Pierpoint likes to drive her Honda Insight hybrid "like a grandma," puttering down the interstate's right-hand lane as gas guzzlers whiz by.

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strawberry plains

Atlanta, GA

#1 Jun 5, 2007
i would love to have a hybrid car but cannot afford one at this time
Whachoo talkinbout Willis

United States

#3 Jun 5, 2007
uhhhh....how does not using your heater cut down on gas??!!

The heat comes from the hot water circulating through the engine. Even if the heater fan is turned on there is still no parasitic drag on the engine that would consume more gas.
Geesh, these tree hugging hippies are out there man.
dgnickle

Goodlettsville, TN

#4 Jun 5, 2007
Whachoo talkinbout Willis wrote:
uhhhh....how does not using your heater cut down on gas??!!
The heat comes from the hot water circulating through the engine. Even if the heater fan is turned on there is still no parasitic drag on the engine that would consume more gas.
Geesh, these tree hugging hippies are out there man.
There is a drag on the engine when the heater fan is in operation. It's very small but over a tank of gas, it makes a difference.
Anti-Drafter

Waynesboro, TN

#5 Jun 5, 2007
In some places that drafting thing will get you hurt. It tends to make people a little irritable when that happens.
Anti-hippie drivers

Nashville, TN

#6 Jun 5, 2007
Hmmm it sounds to me like these are some very liberal hippies. Anything to make the world better. Including making the interstate an even more unsafe place to drive. Following too closely is a major problem, and anybody who admittidly "drives like a grandma" is obviously out of it. I take issue with someone who goes under the posted speed limit on the interstate, in the name of saving 3 cents a week on gas. When cars going the speed limit come up on a car that is going much slower, it creates a tie up which can very easily create an accident. Maybe one day a tree hugging slow driver will be run over by a semi and her tree hugging companion who is "drafting" will rear -end the truck. Two birds with one stone.
Whachoo talkinbout Willis

United States

#7 Jun 5, 2007
Although I don't agree with you at all about the heater deal, I hope the smelly hippie isn't using the radio or heaven forbid the headlights...hey they'd better not touch the brake or use the signal lights. Far out man!!

dgnickle wrote:
<quoted text>There is a drag on the engine when the heater fan is in operation. It's very small but over a tank of gas, it makes a difference.
No a hippie

Nashville, TN

#8 Jun 5, 2007
Anti-hippie drivers wrote:
Hmmm it sounds to me like these are some very liberal hippies. Anything to make the world better. Including making the interstate an even more unsafe place to drive. Following too closely is a major problem, and anybody who admittidly "drives like a grandma" is obviously out of it. I take issue with someone who goes under the posted speed limit on the interstate, in the name of saving 3 cents a week on gas. When cars going the speed limit come up on a car that is going much slower, it creates a tie up which can very easily create an accident. Maybe one day a tree hugging slow driver will be run over by a semi and her tree hugging companion who is "drafting" will rear -end the truck. Two birds with one stone.
I am not a treehugging hippie, but I will tell you a story. I drive from Oak Ridge to the very end of Pellissippi every day (Old Knoxville Hwy). I started driving no more than 65 mpg instead of 75-80 mph. My gas mileage went from 16 mpg to 23. Thats saving a little more than 3 cents a week. I get 2 days more out of a tank of gas. If everyone were to do this, we might get lower prices at the pump. And by the way, I am only on the road an average of 8 minutes more. Speeding DOES NOT get anybody anywhere faster, in fact, I delight in being passed, and then getting to my turn off, and set right behind people who passed me 5 miles down the road!!!
Actually

Union Star, KY

#9 Jun 5, 2007
No a hippie wrote:
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I am not a treehugging hippie, but I will tell you a story. I drive from Oak Ridge to the very end of Pellissippi every day (Old Knoxville Hwy). I started driving no more than 65 mpg instead of 75-80 mph. My gas mileage went from 16 mpg to 23. Thats saving a little more than 3 cents a week. I get 2 days more out of a tank of gas. If everyone were to do this, we might get lower prices at the pump. And by the way, I am only on the road an average of 8 minutes more. Speeding DOES NOT get anybody anywhere faster, in fact, I delight in being passed, and then getting to my turn off, and set right behind people who passed me 5 miles down the road!!!
You are right about the gas mileage thing. During the shortage several decades ago the speed limits were lowered to 55 mph on the interstates to help conserve gasoline. It really does help. I can tell a difference in my car when I slow down some.
Forest Gump

United States

#10 Jun 5, 2007
The technology exists to make cars much more fuel efficient. Keep in mind that between state and federal taxes, we pay almost 50 cents TAX for every gallon of gas! That is a huge revenue stream for the government. Do you really think they want Americans to buy less gas? The oil companies have no incentive to lower prices. No matter how much they raise the prices, Americans keep buying more and more!! One thing I have done is to stop buying anything other than gasoline at the stores! Oil companies make a huge margin on the crap they sell inside too. So at least don't buy their inside junk. Its a ripoff too!!

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#12 Jun 5, 2007
Well, yes using your air condition does lower gas mileage very little, but at speeds over 40mph it is better to roll up your windows and use your air, less drag."one car length behind" um isn't that the worst distance to draft sounds like tailgating. I don't drive, so what do I know?????
Whachoo talkinbout Willis

United States

#13 Jun 6, 2007
Well check this out Mr. UMM...
The fan motor is electric...The electricity is coming from the battery...The battery is charged via the alternator...The alternator is always charging the battery regardless if you turn the fan on or not...
Turning the fan on the low setting will not suck the life out of the battery while the alternator is working...what little power is taken from the battery will pose no strain whatsoever on the alternator as it replaces it easily.
Go out to your hippie mobile and do some tests.
Groovy!
James wrote:
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Umm conservation of energy, a fundamental law of science. The fan requires energy to turn, this energy comes from your car which derives it's energy from gas.
Maryville via Little Rock

Sherwood, AR

#14 Jun 6, 2007
Hybrids are not all that. My husband has a little Honda Civic that he gets just as good gas mileage as some of these Hybrids. WHY? Because he drives the speed limit if not 5 miles below the speed limit. You don't have to have a hybrid to save on your gas. Just some common sense.
Republocratic Voter

Gleason, TN

#15 Jun 6, 2007
Forest, boycotting the convenience stores does nothing to the oil companies, as the "inside sales" are the only revenue stream that makes a viable profit for the owners.

What they make on the gas is superfluous; with that revenue alone the owner cannot stay in business, whereas the oil company makes its profit from the gasoline sales.
HOOB

San Francisco, CA

#16 Jun 7, 2007
I DRIVE A STREET LEGAL RACE CAR TO WORK,5 MILES TO THE GALLON, I RUNS IT ON TURBO BLUE $5.25 A GALLON, IT SOUNDS GOOD AND SMELLS GOOD! I LUV IT!
Forest Gump

United States

#17 Jun 7, 2007
HOOB wrote:
I DRIVE A STREET LEGAL RACE CAR TO WORK,5 MILES TO THE GALLON, I RUNS IT ON TURBO BLUE $5.25 A GALLON, IT SOUNDS GOOD AND SMELLS GOOD! I LUV IT!
Then you should change your name to "BOOB"...cause thats what you are!!!
Forest Gump

United States

#18 Jun 7, 2007
Republocratic Voter wrote:
Forest, boycotting the convenience stores does nothing to the oil companies, as the "inside sales" are the only revenue stream that makes a viable profit for the owners.
What they make on the gas is superfluous; with that revenue alone the owner cannot stay in business, whereas the oil company makes its profit from the gasoline sales.
If its a "Mom and Pop" store you are correct but here in Atlanta its mostly corporate owned stores. They have run the little man out of business. Please do not buy even a cup of coffee at the corporate stores...they make huge profit margins on that junk too. Think about it..$1.29 for a 20 ounce Coke. Thats almost $8.00 for a 6-pack!!! Yes..they make huge margins plus they are screwing our eyes out on the gasoline!!!
Whitepower

Murfreesboro, TN

#20 Jun 7, 2007
Forest Gump wrote:
<quoted text> If its a "Mom and Pop" store you are correct but here in Atlanta its mostly corporate owned stores. They have run the little man out of business. Please do not buy even a cup of coffee at the corporate stores...they make huge profit margins on that junk too. Think about it..$1.29 for a 20 ounce Coke. Thats almost $8.00 for a 6-pack!!! Yes..they make huge margins plus they are screwing our eyes out on the gasoline!!!
Im in love with you!!!!
HOOB

San Francisco, CA

#22 Jun 8, 2007
Forest Gump wrote:
<quoted text> Then you should change your name to "BOOB"...cause thats what you are!!!
I DONT THINK SO.IT IS MY PERSONAL PREFRENCE!
Dan

Palo Alto, CA

#23 Jun 8, 2007
Whachoo... Hybrids have their electricity wired a bit different than a conventional car. Toyota Hybrids don't have an alternator at all, but instead use a DC-DC converter to power the 12V componentry. The AC runs off an electric (no alternator) compressor, and the heater uses an electric fan coupled with waste heat from the engine. Since the engine is off for a fair portion of one's driving, the only way the heater can capture heat, is to light the engine, which it
does. If a toyota hybrid driver is in a drive-thru and turns on the heater, the engine will light up, if they turn off the heater the engine will cut off. Hybrids don't need the engine on for the car to be "ON"

Anti-Drafter... The article talks about other techniques to reduce fuel consumption too. Speeding is the biggest waste of fuel.

Anti-hippie... Good luck with your hippie genocide ambitions. Think hippicide will still land you in the can for 20 years no matter how Anti-hippie you may be.

No a hippie.... Bravo! This is exactly what more people should do if they don't like buying oil from Iran.

Actually... Ditto.

Forest Gump... Your right on track... It's all about consumption. Industry will eventually need oil to fuel it's endevours. Some of that oil comes from people who would like to kill every living american with a dull blunt object. If citizens would use less oil and gas getting from point a-b, then industry would be able to use what we save while still reducing oil imports from hostile contries.

RTBKNOX... Yep.. wind resistance is the biggest battle. AC effects are also subjective. One person's definition of a little is another's definition of a lot.

Maryville... Thank you! That is the point exactally. If everyone would just try, even a little, to save gas, we wouldn't be sending so much money to the same people that are trying to kill our troops.

HOOB... It's your money, just be aware of who you give it to. Don't know if you can switch your rig to Ethonal, but Turbo Blue is derived from oil, and lots of that stuff is imported. I'm sure President Ahmadinejad is very pleased with your ride.

If you haven't gotten the jest of it yet, it comes down to this. The money we pay for that stuff in our gas tanks goes some some rather nasty countries. The more we put in our tank, the more money they get. I could give a rats as5 about conservation, but I sure as h3ll don't like giving these countries our money. Especially when they use that money to kill our troops. If it means driving 20 mph to keep some sniper from buying another box of ammo, I'm in.

Fight terrorism... Drive slow.

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Big E

Washington, DC

#24 Jun 8, 2007
Dan - what does the 219 at the end of your message mean?(11011011)

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