Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Gas isn't too expensive

Recently observed behaviors:

If you would rather wait 3 minutes for a closer parking space instead of walking an extra 100 feet (in pleasant weather, even), gas isn't too expensive.

If you're sitting in your Ford Expedition with the engine running while your kid plays soccer, gas isn't too expensive.

If you pass someone as you're both approaching a red light (as in switching lanes, accelerating, and switching back), gas isn't too expensive.

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Blogger John Paul said...

Driving considerately and conservatively improves gas mileage substantially.


I used to get 16MPG compared to the reported 14MPG city mileage in my truck, but now I get 18MPG average because I refuse to stomp on the gas pedal, especially during rush hour "stop-and-go" traffic. Everytime I have to hit the brakes, I'm wasting a lot of the fuel I used to accelerate. (And that's all city driving because we take our CR-V on long trips since I can get 30-37 MPG out of it on the highway.)

Driving conservatively saves me 20% of the fuel I would use, which seems a far better solution than subsidizing the gasoline producers with a summer tax break.

May 6, 2008 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger John Paul said...

(above assuming I would get 15MPG, which is the average of my city MPG and the two other people who reported their MPGs at the given URL)

May 6, 2008 at 10:56 AM  

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