Originally Posted by Susan T
I'm new to the forum. Came here looking to see what others are getting for mpg in the winter months. I have been watching my MPG go down for weeks now as the temps have fallen. I live in Mass. so it is very cold here in the winter. But I was disheartened to see that everyone is getting way better mileage than me. In the good weather I am getting 42-45mpg. In the last 650miles I am getting on 29mpg. Things that impact my FE is that we work one mile from our house so we rarely travel far in the Insight. Very little highway miles. We don't have a garage so the car sits outside. I usually don't warm up the car before driving. I do pay attention to the way I am driving but after reading the tips I am not sure if I am accelerating the best way. I accelerate slowly. I also try to anticipate when I will have to stop so that I don't have to accelerate if not necessary. Things like that. I read a tip saying I should accelerate full throttle. That sounds like I should be flooring it. Is that so? I'm really bummed about the FE of the insight so far.
If you only drive one
mile each way, gas mileage for such a distance
would be quite poor for any car......extra fuel must be burned till the engine
warms. Short distance driving is very hard on a car; moisture drawn in condenses,
contaminates the oil, rots the exhaust system. Oil changes should be spaced
by time, not mileage, and should be frequent.