Go Back   EcoModder Forum > EcoModding > Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-03-2008, 01:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
Grrr :-)
 
Nerys's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Levittown PA
Posts: 800

Cherokee - '88 Jeep Cherokee
90 day: 19.44 mpg (US)

Ryo-Ohki - '94 Geo Metro Xfi
90 day: 50.15 mpg (US)

Vger 2 - '00 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE

Ninja - '89 Geo Tracker
90 day: 30.27 mpg (US)
Thanks: 12
Thanked 31 Times in 25 Posts
Commute Route - Suggestions

I found the most efficient route to work. its a long nearly 54mile commute.

http://tinyurl.com/5qz2gd

Thats the point to point route I take. The other route I used to use is

http://tinyurl.com/3w8g4h

While the second uses more major roads it has MANY more lights and more stops and turns. My new route is just a single left turn after getting across the bridge. The new route dropped my fuel usage by nearly 8% and is actually faster (fewer lights and the few I DO see I can usually get through without stopping)

I also have this route available to me as an option

http://tinyurl.com/4s9qnm

But it has some problems. its 18 miles longer for starters BUT it would eliminate MANY stops. I could cruise at 60mph for almost the entire trip. While higher speed means more fuel less stops would compensate somewhat. BUT this route has a problem. While there is no tolls going out I would be going out at 4pm meaning I would be screwed on I-95 (rush hour) even if the traffic is relatively light its gonna eat the fuel.

Now on the way home it would be ZERO traffic but now I would have $5 in tolls ($2 to get on the Expressway and $3 to go across the bridge) that would destroy any fuel savings and then some :-( so I think I am better off with the route I have now.

Suggestions?

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 05-03-2008, 08:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
EcoMudder
 
Harpo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 79

Harpo's Honda - '05 Honda Civic VP
90 day: 42.64 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
There's a balance to strike

Ecomodding to me means using the minimal amount of fuel required to accomplish the mission. I spent $10K to get a vehicle that using "less fuel" for the weekly missions, thus reducing my monthy fuel costs by ~$250. Insurance costs me $25-30/mnth. I figure $200-$250/yr maintenance.

The secondary goal for me is saving dollars, of which I accomplish by having more fuel efficient vehicle. Fuel savings go back into stable yield investments.

4 year ownership, saving $225/mnth at $3.70/gal (now) results in a overall costs exactly the same as pumping gas into my HEMI RAM for 4 years, and does it on 35% the fuel. And, I still have the vehicle at the end of the 4 years worth something. Spent gas has no value.

48 x $225 = $10,800

As gas goes up, I'm making money. If cost are the same, take the route that uses less fuel overall.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2008, 09:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
Dartmouth 2010
 
SVOboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Hanover, NH
Posts: 6,427

Vegan Powa! - '91 Honda CRX DX
Team Honda
90 day: 66.52 mpg (US)
Thanks: 92
Thanked 114 Times in 82 Posts
Send a message via AIM to SVOboy Send a message via MSN to SVOboy Send a message via Yahoo to SVOboy
Welcome to the site! It's hard to say just looking at the routes, so you might wanna wait until you get your hands on some feedback (I saw your other post).

Best fuel economy to you!
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2008, 12:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
Veggiedynamics
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Alexandria, MN
Posts: 684

Volt12 - '12 Chevy Volt base
Thanks: 0
Thanked 12 Times in 10 Posts
I'm in a fairly rural area, On any way I need to commute, its all 55mph roads, but one has lots of slow and turn or stop points so I choose the one with the most long stretches of drives between stops and turns etc.. to get to work, 30 miles, I back out of the driveway and drive to work, i have 1 stop sign and two slow and turns, till I shut the car off.. on the way home I can get home with no stops, all slow and turn, so It's the best route for me.

Stuff to consider for your drive.
__________________

  Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2008, 02:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Posts: 73
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How about using 73 to get to 130?
(speaking as someone with no first hand knowledge)
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2008, 03:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
Grrr :-)
 
Nerys's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Levittown PA
Posts: 800

Cherokee - '88 Jeep Cherokee
90 day: 19.44 mpg (US)

Ryo-Ohki - '94 Geo Metro Xfi
90 day: 50.15 mpg (US)

Vger 2 - '00 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE

Ninja - '89 Geo Tracker
90 day: 30.27 mpg (US)
Thanks: 12
Thanked 31 Times in 25 Posts
Hmmm I can not find 73 on the map. Can you point it out? If you goto that link (the first one) google maps lets you "grab" the blue line and put it where you want it to adjust the root. they just click the make a link to this map option. (wish my gps let me do that its always telling me to go some wonky way :-)
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2008, 03:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
Ex-lurker
 
i_am_socket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Jersey
Posts: 571

Skeeter - '05 Toyota Corolla LE
90 day: 35.55 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
206 is definitely better than 95+AC Expressway. I'd say move closer to work or work closer to home, but we all know those are dreams (I'm working on that one). Your car insurance has to better on that side of the Delaware I'm sure
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2008, 03:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
Grrr :-)
 
Nerys's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Levittown PA
Posts: 800

Cherokee - '88 Jeep Cherokee
90 day: 19.44 mpg (US)

Ryo-Ohki - '94 Geo Metro Xfi
90 day: 50.15 mpg (US)

Vger 2 - '00 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE

Ninja - '89 Geo Tracker
90 day: 30.27 mpg (US)
Thanks: 12
Thanked 31 Times in 25 Posts
My car insurance would quadruple if I had it in NJ !!! We sort of OWN the house so we can not simply move without buying a new house. (and the TAX increase on property to live in NJ would instantly erase ANY and I do mean ANY gasoline savings)

Its a limited license business so we can NOT move the business and that would kill the business anyway since we depend on that flow into and out of Atlantic City for a lot of our business.

Working closer to home is possible but then the whole family suffers. Since its a family business I take only the pay I need not the pay my job entails. If they had to hire someone to replace me it would cost an awful lot. Once again More than the savings in gasoline sadly.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2008, 04:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Posts: 73
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
As requested, Route73.

If 130's crap though, you could also hit the turnpike (295) for a stretch too...

With the turnpike.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2008, 04:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
Grrr :-)
 
Nerys's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Levittown PA
Posts: 800

Cherokee - '88 Jeep Cherokee
90 day: 19.44 mpg (US)

Ryo-Ohki - '94 Geo Metro Xfi
90 day: 50.15 mpg (US)

Vger 2 - '00 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE

Ninja - '89 Geo Tracker
90 day: 30.27 mpg (US)
Thanks: 12
Thanked 31 Times in 25 Posts
thanks for the links Figjam74! The difference is so small in the map you sent me that the added stop and left turn would eat up any savings from the half mile shorter distance.

The other one does not have new data (you need to click the "Link to this page" option each time so the url will include the changes you make) (upper right corner just above the map)

Either way 130 is not a good road LOTS of lights :-) if I took the TP across I would spend considerable time on 130 and the added cost of the tolls.

I will gladly try all of them though and do the math.

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
part time paper route driver 88 civic. blindsidecustoms Introductions 5 06-14-2008 03:20 AM
Local commute suggestions thebrad General Efficiency Discussion 51 05-20-2008 09:49 AM
Suggestions welcome reformed Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed 0 03-31-2008 06:12 PM
78mpg commute to work this morning (Honda Insight) budomove Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed 26 03-16-2008 01:42 PM
Coasting experiment: engine on VS engine off on a fixed route = 12.9% gain MetroMPG Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed 6 02-22-2008 08:38 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com