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Old 05-24-2010, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Driving while distracted + lead foot = wasted much fuel

I wasted 0.33gal more than expected today.

My cat was in the care of a nine year old this weekend while I was on vacation. Well, the cat got out of his box and was loose in his car during the 15min trip home, and he was a big distraction. I was trying to do 64mph in a 55 zone, but I looked down and saw 66mph, lifted off the throttle a little, looked up and saw a state trooper with a radar gun pointed at me, hopping into his car and reaching for his seat belt.

Of course, I tucked in between two SUVs and exited the interstate. You know, so he could safely pull me over. Well, he didn't follow, but that exit took me downtown at 6pm. I took the long way home, wasting 15min and 0.3gal more than usual.

I consider this a slap on the wrist and a warning: Speeding doesn't pay when you're distracted.

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Old 05-24-2010, 09:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wasted 0.33gal more than expected today.

My cat was in the care of a nine year old this weekend while I was on vacation. Well, the cat got out of his box and was loose in his car during the 15min trip home, and he was a big distraction. I was trying to do 64mph in a 55 zone, but I looked down and saw 66mph, lifted off the throttle a little, looked up and saw a state trooper with a radar gun pointed at me, hopping into his car and reaching for his seat belt.

Of course, I tucked in between two SUVs and exited the interstate. You know, so he could safely pull me over. Well, he didn't follow, but that exit took me downtown at 6pm. I took the long way home, wasting 15min and 0.3gal more than usual.

I consider this a slap on the wrist and a warning: Speeding doesn't pay when you're distracted.
You live in upstate NY. By now you should know what the predatory NYS troopers are like. "A slap on the wrist" is what happens when the cop pulls you over, believes your story about your cat, and lets you go with just a warning. Not likely to happen, tho.

Buy yourself a radar detector. It will have paid for itself the next time you are distracted.

But don't forget to drive with it plugged in at all times...
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I consider this a slap on the wrist and a warning: Speeding doesn't pay when you're distracted.
As far as fuel consumption goes, speeding doesn't pay even when you're not distracted.
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If the trooper was riding in the car, with me driving, he would fall asleep, just like my wife does.

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If the trooper was riding in the car, with me driving, he would fall asleep, just like my wife does.

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You can be ticketed for driving too slowly on an interstate highway - with good reason: it can be a safety hazard.

Slow is not always virtuous.

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