QUOTE(tera_patrick @ Aug 12 2008, 09:09 AM)
Changing the speed of a mass is a energy expensive task, and far more inefficient that simply maintaining speed.
I second that with Patrick's experience and would also like to add on the driving mode one can start adopting like driving rationally with distance in mind with the least use of your brakes which in turn also contributes to safer & productive reduction of pollution from the brake pads but more importantly,, the harmony while driving as well as deterring bumper "idiots" trailing close on your tail...
Control speed application complements the longer duration & performance of your disk and brake pads too and utilizing more with your cruise control, even with taking over the car(s) ahead of you but more so, constantly leaving it at legal speeds even in city drives helps.
Remember too, inflate your tyres as a slightly deflated one helps contribute to higher consumption as well and clear out ALL THAT JUNK in the rear space or the boot if you will, like tools and dirty equipment etc... that also builds up your gas guzzling and besides, a lighter car freed from all the mess and dust to odorous smells is unhealthy too esp. with the aircon circulating those stale air from backseat garbage to filth!!!
My last suggestion, esp. for Americans is to get hold of the Microsoft S & T (Streets & Tips) software for installation which assist your laptop or PDA or GPS in systematically plan your route effectively saving you precious time and delivering effective cost saving errand runs and biznuz appointments along the designated route to be taken... as it also advise and/or recommends prior to or during driving before you hit the next major turn-off along the roads.
I have two GPS's on board (TomTom and Niuvi) and a laptop too with Garmin's Mobile PC that comes with a USB linked Receiver 20x and this is by far, the best guide for hitting the roads.... large screen and it even helps you with the weather forecast 24/24 and a week's advance notice. How about a 17 widescreen to watch movies or listen to the Anchor man/lady with the latest news while U R caught in a massive traffic jam or even follow the latest narration on a documentary while driving?
Yes, that shoeless drive Debbie suggested is a good one... I always wondered before... why one of my elder sisters (she's only 18 y.o.) always drives in her then Austin Healey sports car (I was a toddler then aaand watching...
) with her sneakers taken off??? That time back at the turn of the 60's, there wasn't any cruise control as yet... Cheers to you ALL with the "best in mileage savings" as you drop by my thread link (below in signature field) and take a virtual trip to China for a cruise... Gun with "non-stop Rock" @ Jango. This post has been edited by Gunmij: Aug 12 2008, 10:23 AM