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Old 03-09-2011, 08:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Moved into the eco-driving/hypermiling section.

Good catch - this is the first time I've read a comprehensive article from the U.K. about fuel prices affecting driving habits.

The myth on this side of the pond is: you guys have been paying so much more than us for fuel for so long that you're immune to high & rising costs.

It's all part of a cultural shift which has made fuel consumption a subject now regularly heard at dinner parties, says Maria McCarthy, author of The Girls' Car Handbook and proud owner of an N-reg Vauxhall Astra.

"Since January it's been the number one issue. The big discussion is how long can you make a fuel tank last? People are starting to talk about it like they used to talk about property prices.

"In my line of work, people in social situations don't usually talk to me about my work, but now they do. We have these cultural shifts and they recently reached a tipping point and everyone is now concerned about fuel consumption."
Latest mods: 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. EcoMods now in progress...
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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