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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Chuck T

Mccoy, CO

#25 Jun 8, 2007
I make my morning commute to work in the Dallas area. It's before rush hour and 85% of it is freeway - posted speed limit is 60mph. My speed will be 50-65 but tends to be 10 under. Generally there are three lanes - I'm on the rightmost one. Most would-be tailgaters go ahead and pass when I put on the emergency flashers when they get 50 yards behind. Other drivers freely get to pass me unless they insist on not doing so. There are plenty of 18-wheelers in traffic reports without me making their life even harder by tailgating them. Besides, the urban traffic is far too dynamic for close drafting to make sense.
I've found fuel savings of 50% over going 10mph+ over the speed limit in the past, not to mention avoiding a couple of tickets on pullovers. I had about three collisions when I was driving faster, but none with my current form of driving.
How my work commutes constitutes stupidity or "smugness" escapes me, although some find pleasure in inventing fictional road hazards - arn't you giving a blind eye to plenty of REAL hazardous drivers?

Killeen, TX

#26 Jun 9, 2007
Big E wrote:
Dan - what does the 219 at the end of your message mean?(11011011)
I'll spare this board the long explanation, but I've discussed it at another forum.


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