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Old 06-27-2017, 01:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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You have to go slow between them too!
That you certainly have to do.

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Old 06-27-2017, 02:09 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Slowing for speed bumps is just letting the evildoers win, so I don't slow down. I haven't worn out suspension components on any vehicle I've owned yet, though I don't regularly have to contend with speed bumps.
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Old 06-27-2017, 03:53 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Pulse and Glide if a manual transmission, when you see it coming up, kill engine, then restart right before your front tires go over it and rinse and repeat!!! Just a thought I had
@JockoT, I'm not sure you fully understood Fordman's post based on your reply. Several people on this website wire their cars with a engine kill button. So you "pulse" the gas to get up to the desired speed, then "glide" by pushing the button to kill the engine to coast, then repeat. If done properly you can save a note worthy amount of gas. But it annoys other drivers from you not maintaining speed, so you have to be mindful where you do it. So during those speed limits that have speed bumps, you could actually use it effectively.
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Constant speed is best imho.

I used to put my Nissan in 4th gear and lift my foot off the pedal; it would maintain speed idling and I bet it did not use much fuel that way.
Same for my Insight when it is still cold; even though it has a CVT it will more or less maintain 20 mph idling, maybe with a slight touch of the pedal at times.
But every time I touch the accelerator I see the fuel per km go through the roof. Just idling works best.
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I'm not sure you fully understood Fordman's post based on your reply.
Take it the kill switch just temporarily switches off the ignition. When you release it do you just lift the clutch to restart? Or does the kill switch just shut off the injectors, meaning the engine continues to pump with no need to bump start?
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Use a Golf Cart?

In my town, we can drive slightly modified golf carts on the roads that have a speed limit of 35 mph or less. This case (20 mph limit) sounds like a perfect application of a golf cart (20 mph max.). Electric if your trip is short; gas if long. What does your council say to using a golf cart on the roads?

Here are our required modifications (NEV = neighborhood electric vehicle):

(b) A golf cart or NEV operated under this subsection must have the following equipment the city is adding additional requirements; state law can be referenced above [sic].
(1) Headlamps;
(2) Tail lamps;
(3) Reflectors;
(4) Parking brake;
(5) Rear View Mirror;
(6) Turn signals;
(7) A "slow moving vehicle" reflective triangle affixed to the rear;
(8) Seat belts; and
(9) A flag on a six-foot pole affixed to rear of golf cart or NEV.
(c) A golf cart or NEV operated under this subsection must have the required equipment verified and inspected by the Rockport Police Department (for a $25 fee).

We also have to have very minimal liability insurance.
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They are not road legal here in the UK. There is one specifically designed to be road legal but at three times what I paid for my car I very much doubt I'll ever get one!
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Is a scooter or small-displacement motorcycle totally out of question?
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I was a motorcyclist for many a year but at less than a week away from my seventieth year I am closer to a mobility scooter than a Lambretta! I like my car, my journeys need a car (Edinburgh is an 80 mile round trip) and it is just a case of making the best of it, in these 20 mph zones.
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Take it the kill switch just temporarily switches off the ignition. When you release it do you just lift the clutch to restart? Or does the kill switch just shut off the injectors, meaning the engine continues to pump with no need to bump start?
Yes, it kills the ignition. (switch pressed the engine is off, released the engine can run) While the engine is off you are just coasting with the clutch depressed. Here's a topic explaining pulse and glide better. Also others have done other variations of it on newer cars, also linked on this forum.

Old School hypermiler PULSE AND GLIDE

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