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Heh, yeah, I was amazed to see my van getting 27 MPG (it has a built-in real-time MPG display too) on our way up to Idaho yesterday. Then we were delayed by the weather and had to turn around. On the trip back, that forty-to-sixty MPH wind that had been a tailwind turned into a headwind, and I had to draft a truck for a hundred miles in order to get more than 14 MPG :)

It definitely affects one's driving patterns all around. I don't mind being passed anymore, but now I really mind someone jumping off the line faster than me when I'm in front at the stoplight :)
 

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An accident waiting to happen?

One unfortunate thing I've noted about my driving patterns, though, is that in preferring to maximize regenerative braking (which generally equals long braking distance) and coast-through on lights changing (which generally equals slowing down long before a red light), people do follow the pattern you mention: jerk in front of you and slam on the brakes at the light.

How obnoxious.

And yet, I noticed that people trying to conserve momentum and brake slowly seem to be far more the exception than the rule. I even feel a little uncomfortable with how long I take to brake when I'm trying to get regen. There are times that I just say "screw it, let's favor auto-stop", kill the heater, and slam on the brakes right at the light -- just like 99% of the other drivers on the road.

Sometimes, being a safe, energy-conscious driver seems more dangerous than just doing what everybody else is doing: speeding, slamming on brakes, etc. I live in constant fear of being rear-ended.
 

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Autostop in neutral above 3-4 mph?

I'm confused... my Insight will auto-stop if put into Neutral when coasting to a light? How fast can you be going and have that happen?
 
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