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Old 06-08-2012, 01:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It increases your awareness, and shows what works for the car and what is costing you extra fuel - that is what makes you save fuel.

The better you work with it, the more fuel you'll save.


That alone will reduce your fuel consumption.
Twofold
- by driving slower
- by braking and accelerating less

No-one's really going much faster in a traffic jam.


These guys want to stop even less than you do, so they're trying to keep rolling, and you can benefit from that.


Do you stay in 2nd gear ?
Try to avoid 1st unless you're actually stopped, and shift into 2nd right away.

If you can't stay in 2nd (or 3rd) all the time, do a short burst in 2nd (pulse) (or 3rd, depending on speed) , then shift out of gear into neutral, and let it roll (glide) . Repeat when speed drops too much / the gap widens too much.

My mileage used to drop like a stone in traffic jams - now using the above technique, it's sometimes going up due to the lower speed


You could use that technique in town as well.
On short stretches of road, accelerate to a speed that'll allow you to roll the remaining distance to the next light / stop-sign / corner, then shift into neutral and coast.

On longer roads, maintain a speed up to a point where it'll allow you to roll the remaining distance to the next light / stop-sign / corner, then shift into neutral and coast.

Hard-core hypermilers even shut down the engine while they coast
I am still figuring out at what rpm I need to be in and low I can recover it without opening throttle too much for second and third gear. I have tried the pulse and glide I think it is and that will require some (more like a lot of) fine tuning to get the distance right.

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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We have numerous 'performance' cars in the garage. Check it out to see what others have been able to do.
My Mustang's lifetime average MPG is 47% over EPA combined estimate. That's with very little effort, other than DWB and not wasting excessive time accelerating.

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The presence of traffic is the single most complicating factor of hypermiling. I know what I'm going to do, it's contending with whatever the hell all these other people are going to do that makes things hard.

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Old 06-09-2012, 05:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I am still figuring out at what rpm I need to be in and low I can recover it without opening throttle too much for second and third gear. I have tried the pulse and glide I think it is and that will require some (more like a lot of) fine tuning to get the distance right.
I don't really do the first gear thing. My baby doesn't like starting in second, so I start in first and go right to third or fourth. Sometimes, depending on my mood or if I have someone being rude, I'll take it to four or five thousand and pop right to fifth or sixth.

If you do well to study the hyper miling guidelines and are conscious of your vehicle and habits, the scan gauge isn't really the best money spent. I mean I am about to buy mine, but if you want a physical improvement in mileage that will apply no matter the driver, no matter the effort, the gauge isn't the best.

But for a long term investment to better yourself, then it appears to be a good buy. Easy cheap things are wheel covers, either pizza pans or clear tape, a grill block, and then it varies. Depends how you want your vehicle to look, and how much work you want to do. Belly pan, mirror and handle or badge deletes.

But you will learn all that here, and very true about the people here, everyone is very nice. Even disagreeing, it's very sensible and constructive. Glad to have you join! Being an SVT, I think you qualify to join the Sports car group, especially if you plan to be here for a while and are tracking your mileage. Theres no real rules, we basically just track our mileage as a group. I'm still very new, so I don't know a whole lot lol
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I found the biggest gain in milage was changing my attitude towards driving. I used to rush everywhere not allowing myself enough time to get were I needed to be. Now I plan ahead and allow 15-20 min extra so that I am not in a rush. I also chalenge myself to drive eco.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:57 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I found the biggest gain in milage was changing my attitude towards driving. I used to rush everywhere not allowing myself enough time to get were I needed to be. Now I plan ahead and allow 15-20 min extra so that I am not in a rush. I also chalenge myself to drive eco.
Adjustments to "the nut behind the steering wheel" got me to the high 29's during the Summer months. And adjustments to my commuting route to reduce freeway miles (and total miles) got me to the high 31's during the Summer months. My road trip fuel economy is generally less than my commuting average.
I tried pizza pan wheel covers for a couple of months last Summer. They made no noticeable difference in fuel economy. And I had to remove them to check my tire pressure (and clean out the accumulated dirt). And chicks didn't dig 'em.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:12 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I really want to (for right now) just adjust my driving habits and see what happens. I am not looking at modifing this car with a belly pan or wheel covers or any of that aero stuff. It's not really practical on this car and I really like a 98% stock SVT. If i were to grab up something like a focus or an escort I would be more open to that. For right now though I am just adjusting the nut behind the wheel to see what happens.

Thanks for the imput all.

Also the scangauge was IMHO money well spent I, I am still a performance gear head at heart so this device just makes sense in more than one way.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:19 AM   #17 (permalink)
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...Also the scangauge was IMHO money well spent I, I am still a performance gear head at heart so this device just makes sense in more than one way.
From my point of view, as well. And it helped me to "adjust the nut behind the steering wheel".

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