Unfortunately it really is to slow down, among other things. I've spent the last couple of weeks playing with different driving tactics using a Scangauge to see what works in real-time. A few tricks I picked up include coasting in neutral, allowing the car to lose a little speed while climging hills (traffic permitting), taking it really easy on the throttle while accelerating (again traffic permitting), and short-shifting like mad. My last tank of gas averaged out to 31.5mpg calculated. The last three before that under the same conditions were in the 27-28mpg range. Sick. I also noticed that the car really is most efficient around 50mph. Cruising between 45 and 50 on a level road it sits at 40-45mpg, but I never see that as an average because you can only do that for so long on my commute. I haven't spent much time on the highway with the scangauge so I don't have any numbers yet in the 60-75mph range. That will come this weekend.
I thought this might interest some of you since fuel prices have started to fly again. Estimates for the summer peak this year are in the $3.30 range WITHOUT a hurricane in the Gulf or unusual supply shortages. If you think like me, this is a concern. I will gladly point to sources of good information on saving fuel if anybody would like. It's funny because there are forums out there with people just as fanatical about maxing-out fuel economy as we are about flying under the radar. Some are absolutely nuts but there's a lot to be learned from them.