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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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Steve

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#51
Jun 11, 2008
 
Ridiculous that people go through all this crap to save an "extra eight of a tank at the end of the work week" or getting "27 MPG versus 24 MPG." I'm not about to start doing all this crap to get an extra 30 or so miles out of a tank of gas. These people need to get a life.
Robin

Baltimore, MD

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#52
Jun 12, 2008
 
I began this adventure because I am excited that something this simple can make even a little difference. I think the concept is worth sharing. Not everyone agrees with this idea. That's fine. I will keep out of your way as I continue to enjoy my time on the road.
JayT

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#53
Jun 12, 2008
 
Steve wrote:
Ridiculous that people go through all this crap to save an "extra eight of a tank at the end of the work week" or getting "27 MPG versus 24 MPG." I'm not about to start doing all this crap to get an extra 30 or so miles out of a tank of gas. These people need to get a life.
It takes different strokes for different folks. The fact that you don't care about saving fuel and money doesn't make you any better than people who do. To suggest that others need to "get a life" says it all. You are obviously not here to intelligently exchange opinions or ideas. If you had a life yourself then you wouldn't be putting others down on internet forums.
AKA Ronco

Salt Lake City, UT

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#54
Jun 12, 2008
 
im 37 yo SLC driver of a 92 cadi sedan devill 300ci v8. ive been a hypermiler for at least a year and didnt know it until reading what it was. i alsways say why speed up to a red light? why cut someone off, so they have to slow and reaccelerate- drive curteously, and safely accelerate slower and cruise longer, use your brakes less!
AKA Ronco

Salt Lake City, UT

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#55
Jun 12, 2008
 
oh, i went from 16 mpg to 19.1 mpg. summer has bumped that up a little i was around 17.6 mpg in the winter(longer warm ups) still pretty good mileage considering the size of car and big v8...well not so big but v8 none the less =)
NotAll-ItsCracke dUpToBe

Waupun, WI

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#56
Jun 12, 2008
 
Hypermiling doesn't always work like they say it should. I have a fuel injected Honda Accord that gets decent gas mileage. We recently took 600 mile round trip to another state. We drove between 70 and 80 mph on the way there. We attained 32 mpg. Ot the return trip- much of it downhill- I tried the hypermiling thing. Set the cruise for 55 mph, threw it in neutral down the short hills, and even shut off the engine on the major hills where I coasted for one to two and a half miles at a time.
My trip there took 4 hours 17 minutes and cost me $32.81 for 9.375 gallons. The return trip took me 5 hours 27 minutes and cost me $31.82 for 9.09 gallons. So, while I saved myself 99 cents in 300 miles, I could have been home an hour and ten minutes earlier and could have been doing something more consrtuctive with my time.
Robin

Baltimore, MD

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#57
Jun 13, 2008
 
I get my best mpg on the highway not matter what. I'm finding the difference is more notable in the short runs. If I can improve my mpg by 1 (which I have), I will get an additional 936 miles a year. Maybe not a lot of money, but that's a round trip to visit my daughter. Enjoy the journey.
kwj

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#58
Jun 13, 2008
 
Assuming 15000 miles in a year, I've saved $1,500 over the best average MPG I could get with my 4-Runner, and I've saved $722 by hypermiling my new vehicle (not a hybrid).

A correction, Hypermiling does not include "warming up your vehicle." Hypermiling goes with what your manufacturer says, start it, wait no more than 30 seconds, then drive it slowly as it warms up.

Folks have a lot of misperceptions about Hypermiling. Now way there is room here to explain and educate. Go to a web site like CleanMPG.com , and see what it's actually about. Mom always said, "the proof is in the pudding."

My car is supposed to be able to go 298 miles on a tank of gas. I routinely go 420- 480 miles while using Hypermiling tips.

And don't worry, I won't be in your way until I must move to the left lane of the inner loop to exit onto Rt. 43 at the 55 MPH speed limit.
closefcs

Olean, NY

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#61
Jun 16, 2008
 
You run the risk of major mechanical repairs in the long run.
Cars are not made for some of the extreme methods being used to hypermile. Better look into that aspect of it.
Planker Pesto

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#62
Jun 16, 2008
 
Hypermilling - people who practice this are selfish cheapskates. The byproduct of hypermilling is road rage.
Delta Flyer

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#63
Jun 16, 2008
 
Planker Pesto wrote:
Hypermilling - people who practice this are selfish cheapskates. The byproduct of hypermilling is road rage.
Oh - you mean like the guys passing me going 20 over the limit well to the left of me blasting there horn because they are afraid one day the police are going to see them alone? So speeding makes you virtous?

That's a new one.
you dont say

Dundalk, MD

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#64
Jun 16, 2008
 
Lisa wrote:
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.
Lisa - My thoughts exactly.
you dont say

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Jun 16, 2008
 
joe wrote:
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.
Joe - it used to be that you could not pass in the right lane, I didn't find out about that particular change until my son started to drive. I am optimizing my mileage, I walk to work 2.5 miles, I walk to my appointments that are feasable and I am grocery shopping one day a week with the big Costco/Sams run once a month or once every 6 weeks. I'm using half the gas I used to. OH and I Scooter wherever I can from Graceland Park to Loch Raven to Downtown Baltimore. It takes a bit longer, but that is OK, at 70 miles to the gallon, an extra 10 minutes here and there is not a big deal at all.
JayT

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#66
Jun 18, 2008
 
Planker Pesto wrote:
Hypermilling - people who practice this are selfish cheapskates. The byproduct of hypermilling is road rage.
Hypermilers don't cause road rage. Ragers already have bad energy pent up inside of them and they're looking for an excuse to vent. Who knows where the pent up energy comes from....perhaps subconsious self-pity for buying a fast car or big SUV to compensate for a lack of other attributes? Most hypermilers don't have a bone to pick with everyone else on the road and will gladly let you speed by so you can tailgate the next "idiot" in your way.
Robin

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#67
Jun 20, 2008
 
Just checking in. My latest tank of gas yeilded 32 mpg. That's an improvement of 7.5 mpg just by changing my driving habits a little. The extra 5 minutes I give myself also reduces the stress of trying to "make up time" on the road. Yes, I'm still excited about this.
kwj

Rosedale, MD

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#68
Jun 28, 2008
 
Closefcs, your comment is too general, a broad brush. Please expound.

By the way my last two tanks in my car EPA rated for only 298 miles to a tank, safely netted 505.8, and 501.4 miles. I kinda like that.

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