Darrel wrote:The truth is in the longer averages.
I agree. But that's a 60+ mpg average over 113 miles and two days in different directions, which ain't shabby.
Darrel wrote:A nice tail wind in a nice hilly area can do this
Yeah, you keep chalking it up to these things. I must have a tailwind every time I'm on the highway, no matter which direction I'm going. And today when the wind blew my sunglasses nearly off my face through the open window facing west, it must have been the southerly wind.
Darrel wrote:My computer resets each time I refuel my tank so my "computer" average numbers are per tank.
I thought this too, but then I noticed that it only automatically resets my mileage counter; it keeps the MPG as a running total until I hit the reset button. (This is confirmed by the data analysis in my spreadsheet.) Perhaps this was changed between '04 and '07?
Darrel wrote:I have some new numbers to post soon and hopefully I'll be in the 50's this time.
Then you'll be ahead of me. But not for long...
Doug wrote:... I slowed down a bit from 70mph to about 66mph on the next few trips. Now I'm getting about 48+ mpg!
I usually get about 60+ for the only whole five-minute chunk that I'm ever on I-540 (speed limit 65 in Ft. Smith). There is a noticeable drop on I-540 North to Fayetteville (70mph). Despite what I've read and Darrel's assertions, my mileage seems to suffer with hilly terrain; even back southward on 540, which is more downhill than not, I don't seem to see much of a difference.
Doug wrote:It's not just the machine, it's man + machine, to give you the really good mileage.
Of course. That's why this has turned into such a silly competition: Now it's man+machine
. And now that I know how to drive my machine, I'm a much better man+machine
Darrel wrote:Usually having to zip to my next appointment (20 this week) I don't have the luxury.
And for me, it's those pesky other
drivers I'm having to accommodate around town. Having to use gas
just because somebody behind me wants to accelerate a little quicker? ... Hmph.
Darrel wrote:You might consider taking that route Doug, if you have a few more minutes.
That's right, folks... In a contest of who can best save the environment, it's now: man+machine