I have to agree with that. I'm very new at this and I got an 87 mpg 100 mile segment just a little bit ago. I got 98 mpg over the same segment two days ago. But, I was doing 40 mph and less to get it.Billy said:Using a 5-spd Insight, put more air in the tires and slow down. Keep in the lean-burn mode. Have patience; try NOT to use electric assist. It's not difficult, in warm weather, to see your mpg in the 80's......
Me too, and I just started. It is a lot of fun seeing how high we can get it though. 70 mpg is nowhere near as fun as 100 mpg or more, but AC and "getting where your going" has its appeals too. And the Insight does a fine job at that too.jack9994 said:- i am to impatient to do it now
I for one agree with Arturo, http://www.99mpg.com is an interesting but I to have zero interest in adding a fifth wheel.trunkout said:my money is on 99mpg.com
It's a good point that a 5% effect on a truck's MPG is more important than a say 20% effect on an insight's MPG.Mike Dabrowski 2000 said:I tend to think in terms of the road average MPG, which considers the other drivers, and the total gallons of fuel used by all vehicles. A truck that has to slow down, on the way up a hill, because I am driving much slower than he, and the passing lane is full so he cannot pass, will waste more gas when resuming his speed in that single event, than I will save by driving slower than the flow for many many miles.
For example, pulse and glide is accelerating and decelerating, and it's good for fuel economy!Insightful Trekker said:
Speaking of thinkng globally, and coming back to the discussion of what are the "rules" for mpg records, I think you need to subtract the energy used in the block heater from your mileage records. I did a calculation on that a few years ago, and convinced myself it wasn't worth it--might be able to find it in the archives here--but it makes sense anyway: if you want to heat the engine, burning gas is a pretty good way to do that, and you get "free" propulsion for the first mile or so while you are at it. Whereas burning coal to generate electricity and then using the electricity for heat is a pretty inefficient process.Just Frank said:I do have a radiator block to help speed up the warm up.