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Old 03-11-2008, 08:00 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Harpo View Post
I guess an extra mile on a 25 mile trip to avoid 70mph traffic is almost worth it's weight in gold.
Welcome to the site, BTW (don't think I've done that yet )

But yeah, that extra mile at slower speeds can make the difference providing it doesn't involve the potential for stop-and-go, or added consumption beyond the baseline trip.

What I inadvertently performed in the past was to take backroads in the last 10 miles of a 30 mile trip. I attained better FE since slower speeds were involved, but I ended up using more fuel because there were 4x as many traffic lights. It was a crap-shoot, and on the best day, it still used more fuel -- but with a higher avg. FE.
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