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There are 56 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jun 11, 2008, titled No title. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Robin Quinn's driving instructor would be proud. Nearly four decades after Quinn started driving, she has abandoned some bad habits - the lead foot, for example.

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Paul L Fuchs

Middletown, MD

#24 Jun 11, 2008
Bush&Co and the do nothing congress slumber on.Why hasn't the 55mph national speed limit been put in place? It was proven in the 70s that it not only increases gas milage but, it saves lives and reduces serious injuries.All of the incompetents in Washington D.C. need the boot.We need to demand action NOW!!!

Angier, NC

#25 Jun 11, 2008
How about saving $1000 dollars a year for an extra 15-20 minutes a day? Because that's what my spreadsheet is telling me. I agree that more should be done to make cars more efficient, however I'm not in any hurry to get into another car payment. You deal with what you've got, and I've gone from 29 MPG to 36-39 MPG and still climbing.

Baltimore, MD

#26 Jun 11, 2008
Hypermiling? It used to be called sensible driving (except for the drafting and tailgating -- thats called a death wish). Back in the 70's we all learned how to cut back on spending, conserve gas, etc. It was called living within your budget. Now its "green."
I love how the media have to take the mundane, slap a label on it and act like its some new thing.

United States

#27 Jun 11, 2008
its amazing how many drivers do not understand the right lane is for slower traffic. If people would just stay in the proper lanes a lot of agrivation would be avoided all around. either way, people who do not drive to optimize their milage have no right to complain about higher gas prices.

Palmdale, CA

#28 Jun 11, 2008
If you want to save gas, buy a motorcycle.

“panem et circenses”

Since: Jun 08

East Coast USA

#30 Jun 11, 2008
Stopping and starting your engine at long city stoplights should raise safety concerns as well. Unless you drive a hybrid (some/most of which have this feature automated)the extra wear and tear on your starter and battery can cause premature failure. It wouldn't be much fun to have the battery or starter fail in many parts of town.

Another associated problem is the extra delays caused while restarting engines and engaging the transmission. This impedes efficient traffic flow under congested conditions.
Delta Flyer

Tom Bean, TX

#31 Jun 11, 2008
This article was better than the first one 10 hours prior as it also presented the hypermiler's perspective along with the detractors.

HRC, are you aware that spectular things make the news? It's because it's uncommon - people dont' do it all the time....12 yr old solos across the Atlantic...Dean Karanes runs 50 marathons in 50 days, etc.

The point us hypermilers are trying to make is the typical driver could easily save 30% with the non-controversial techniques not harped on such as semi drafting. I tire over recent stories/comments to select techinques or individuals to discredit all hypermilers - it's like saying all bikers belong to Hell's Angels. Lots of hypermilers doing what Robyn Quinn is doing, but the detractors prefer to find or imagine something else to purport hypermiling as a greater danger than DUI, road rage, distracted driving.
Delta Flyer

Tom Bean, TX

#32 Jun 11, 2008
There is a Canadian govt site stating that idling over ten seconds uses more gas than restarting and the sludge build up is shortens engine life than the wear of starting

Towson, MD

#33 Jun 11, 2008
Manuel wrote:
Stupid.$100 a year is a pittance, the media covers this like its a great new thing.
How 'bout ride sharing, take the bus, ride a bike, etc. that might have real impact.
RIGHT ON!$100 is nothing...I bet the jerks I have been behind going 30 in 40mph zones are these selfish idiots.
Jeff in New Freedom

Sussex, WI

#34 Jun 11, 2008
I have been practicing some of these tatics for use on my Ford Expedition w/ the 5.4 Liter engine. Before I started using these ideas I was averaging 12 - 13.5 MPG. Since I started using these practices, I have been averaging 16.5 to 18.7 MPG, about a 30%-40% increase. I don't drive on the highway everyday, only 1 day a week from New Freedom to Middle River & then up 95 to Belcamp. I drive 83 to 695 to 95. I get in the right lane & set the cruise on 55. It's amazing to me the speeds I am passed on by drivers, whether it be little cars, big cars, pickups, big SUV's & tractor trailers. Probably the same people complaining about the high gas prices. Makes no sense to me if you can save gas & money, why a person wouldn't practice it.

Washington, DC

#35 Jun 11, 2008
Gina, I hope those "jerks" are just slow and not trying to save gas by irritating other drivers. I personally, hate being forced to drive below the speed limit by anyone. When I'm by myself on the road, I go as slow as I like.
Delta Flyer

Tom Bean, TX

#39 Jun 11, 2008

All that needs to be said is you have given more time on Wayne Gerdes than Robin, diverting attention from her.

I've seen Wayne's CNN video....zealous but disagree with your clinical judgement - did not know they can be made across cyberspace...did you see Wayne's CBS Early Show video?(still there)

I'd love to be about to push my car up three feet up my driveway into the alley, but my benchpressing is not there.

Like most hybrids, I can coast legally with power steering/brakes with the engine off. I sure hope you are not going to recommend keeping the foot on the accelerator approaching a red light...
Joe Schmedlack

Bethpage, NY

#40 Jun 11, 2008
I veiw it this way. How much is accomplished on a tankful of gas is what matters to me. Driving less by combining trips and being selective about destinations saves my fuel. I can save more fuel through personal planning than through changing my driving techniques.
Delta Flyer

Tom Bean, TX

#43 Jun 11, 2008
Excellent points - Joe S!
Drivers wanted

Louisville, KY

#44 Jun 11, 2008
HRC wrote:
... Your last line is a bit snippy for someone who likes to feign moral superiority.
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HRC, I don't see any "feigning of moral superiority" in Delta Flyer's posts. He seems to want to have the same right to drive safely that everyone else has, don't you?

And it does seem a little wasteful to accelerate to a red light, unless you know its going to change and it's clear for you to go, doesn't it?

Washington, DC

#45 Jun 11, 2008
I'm with Joe S - however, I'm also a driver from the 70's. I never stopped planning my trips to save miles & fuel. This is just another way to help the effort.

Roscommon, MI

#46 Jun 11, 2008
Looking at the broad picture, if everyone saved $100 a year on gasoline here in America by reducing their own usage, the supply and demand factor of the oil companies would dictate they reduce the price of oil! Then we save a lot more than a $100 or so.

Washington, DC

#47 Jun 11, 2008
Hang up the phone & drive.

Parkville, MD

#49 Jun 11, 2008
HRC wrote:
If you only make $25K/yr that savings may be worth the loss of time. Otherwise, your time is worth more than the money saved. Just an observation.
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Every person is different in their priorities on money vs time. Some people are always running late and trying to make up time on the highway. I'd make a bet that these people are generally more stressed and cranky than hypermilers. Driving sensibly not only saves gas (money), but it also makes driving more peaceful less stressful.

Parkville, MD

#50 Jun 11, 2008
Joe Schmedlack wrote:
I veiw it this way. How much is accomplished on a tankful of gas is what matters to me. Driving less by combining trips and being selective about destinations saves my fuel. I can save more fuel through personal planning than through changing my driving techniques.
But do you not realize that you can save even MORE fuel through driving sensibly? You must be happy with $4+ gas if you refuse to do everything in your power to reduce your consumption.

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