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    Default Re: Poor Driving Habits Can Lead to 45% Drop in Fuel Economy

    The thing that I have noticed, is if you can coast to red lights, do it. If you can speed up to get through a red light (within the white line on yellow) get on through. That idle while at the light can drop your MPG pretty fast. If you have to stop and then accelerate on a hill , it makes it even worse. You guys that have tried the bike trick (as mentioned above) know how it works .
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    Default Re: Poor Driving Habits Can Lead to 45% Drop in Fuel Economy

    Quote Originally Posted by supercowpowers View Post
    Personally I abhor cruise control. I like to adapt to traffic - speeding up when I'm passing, slowing down when I'm being passed, maintaining a safe distance, adjusting speed for entering traffic, slowing down for blind turns and speeding up on the straights, and so on. When I've tried using cruise control, it seemed like I constantly wanted to either go faster or slower and spent way too much attention managing the cruise control instead of just driving.

    My grandfather loves using cruise control and I feel like I'm going to die every time I ride with him. He constantly either puts himself into dangerous situations or doesn't leave them because then he'd have to change his speed.

    I'm not saying anyone here drives irresponsibly with cruise control, it just seems to me like it's a lot of work to use it responsibly.
    I see your point living in Pennsylvania.
    But here in Florida where every road is straight & flat, cruise control is a no brainer.

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    Default Re: Poor Driving Habits Can Lead to 45% Drop in Fuel Economy

    Buz, I get your point about FL. You are right, however I think using CC. enables you to use more distracting devices because it takes 1 task away.
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    Default Re: Poor Driving Habits Can Lead to 45% Drop in Fuel Economy

    Quote Originally Posted by unmamfqlm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman76 View Post
    I drive a Dodge Dually MegaCab with a programmer, if it wasn't so fun to drive hard I might think about the fuel economy LOL!!
    Those things are massive vehicles; there is one in my town that is lifted and on 38 inch tires. I like diesel trucks a lot, but I have absolutely no use for one. I see way too many people around here with badass diesel trucks, but they don't use the damn things for anything. It kind of defeats the whole purpose, in my opinion.
    Yes it's massive but I have three growing kids. Nope, I don't need the dually or the diesel but it was a good price. And when my Alberta Caddy gets better MPG than my 1/2 ton gasser that weighs 1/2 as much, I don't feel bad at all! After driving a diesel, I don't think I'll ever go back to a gasser.

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    Default Re: Poor Driving Habits Can Lead to 45% Drop in Fuel Economy

    I use cruise control on the highway when conditions are good which is most of the time. Keeps me under a certain speed and is more comfortable. I use the accel and development button on the wheel to adjust as necessary.

    Um also coasting in gear uses the least amount of gas. Kinda hard to do all the time but if you need to slow some don't put t in neutral. Also never use your brakes.

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    Default Re: Poor Driving Habits Can Lead to 45% Drop in Fuel Economy

    Quote Originally Posted by StlouisX50 View Post
    The thing that I have noticed, is if you can coast to red lights, do it. If you can speed up to get through a red light (within the white line on yellow) get on through. That idle while at the light can drop your MPG pretty fast. If you have to stop and then accelerate on a hill , it makes it even worse. You guys that have tried the bike trick (as mentioned above) know how it works .
    Not to mention the acceleration from 0-PSL is greater than PSL-15+ to make the red light and will use less gas.

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    Default Re: Poor Driving Habits Can Lead to 45% Drop in Fuel Economy

    On stop lights I know that are a couplkd minutes long I shut it off. It's similar to stop-start technology used in Europe.

    I do go slower up hills but hold speed limit, not speed up, going down when there is no for me to hold up. The key is to keep your rpms low. I find highway cruise is best using very little throttle change.

    Just bringing tire pressures up to spec helps. I run mine around 40 psi.
    Last edited by NormSky; 09-16-2011 at 10:09 AM.

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    Default Re: Poor Driving Habits Can Lead to 45% Drop in Fuel Economy

    For those reading the thread and wondering if they should try this, I would encourage it. It may be hard for a few weeks to concentrate on your regular driving as you have to get a feel for how to do what, but after a while it becomes natural and you may even see why others go slow up hills Now if they would just speed up on flats and down hills it would be all good.
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    Default Re: Poor Driving Habits Can Lead to 45% Drop in Fuel Economy

    Slowing down on hills purposefully to save fuel is selfish like the left lane hogs. These are public roadways and people should not be holding up others for personal reasons. I do agree it can save fuel, but impeding traffic is not good. Might as well all drive 40MPH to save fuel. I say this because here in Canuk land there isn't always multi lanes going up a hill, many times there's one lane and some SOB is holding up traffic so he can save 20 cents in fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman76 View Post
    Slowing down on hills purposefully to save fuel is selfish like the left lane hogs. These are public roadways and people should not be holding up others for personal reasons. I do agree it can save fuel, but impeding traffic is not good. Might as well all drive 40MPH to save fuel. I say this because here in Canuk land there isn't always multi lanes going up a hill, many times there's one lane and some SOB is holding up traffic so he can save 20 cents in fuel.
    Not exactly on topic but...

    On a 35mph double lane heavy traffic road I drive everyday there is one section that goes slight downhill then back up again. In traffic the lead car is doing 45 but slightly starts to slow down going back up the very slight uphill. Once you get back to about the 10th car in the traffic it comes to a completely STOP at the bottom of the hill and everyone is about to rear end someone. This happens everyday driving home from work.

 

 

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