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Old 01-12-2008, 03:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hypermiling technique saved me the other day

I had to run a few errands in my car the other day. Normally I run errands on my bike but I had to go a long way in a short amount of time...so the car it was. It had been a while since I had put gas in the tank...and my gas gauge doesn't work (need to fix that). I had the option of running over to a gas station really quick, but I was in too much of a rush, so I took the risk.

Anyways, I was using hypermiling techniques as much as I could...turning off the engine at stoplights, EOCing on downhill sections, etc. I was traveling down a stretch of road with very few stops, basically nothing but fences along the road with an occasional gated entry to a residential area (rich neighborhoods).

While going down this road...my engine started cutting out. I put it in neutral to coast...and right then my engine died. I had run out of gas. I could see a turn up ahead, and I barely had enough momentum to pull in. I was at the entry of one of those rich residential areas with the gated walls and security. The security guard sees this 20-something kid (me) park inside this private residential area...and yells at me. I tell him I'm going to see if anybody has a gas can.

So he lightens up and lets me go. After knocking on a few doors, a nice guy had a gas can with a little over a gallon in it and helped me out. The thing is, if I hadn't used the right driving techniques...my engine would have died long before I could have pulled off into that quiet residential area, and instead I would have been stuck on the side of a busy road during rush hour.

Long live hypermiling!

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Old 01-12-2008, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cool story. If everybody had to drive with a busted gas gauge and a nearly empty tank, imagine how much fuel could be saved! :P

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Old 01-13-2008, 06:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think you just described my Car!!!!

This is the new tank. Notice the Mt. Dew can where the fuel gauge sending unit should be.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Cool story. If everybody had to drive with a busted gas gauge and a nearly empty tank, imagine how much fuel could be saved! :P
Yeah...and as long as I walk to the nearest gas station/guy to mooch gas from as opposed to getting a ride...its still eco-friendly!

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I think you just described my Car!!!!

This is the new tank. Notice the Mt. Dew can where the fuel gauge sending unit should be.
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If everybody had to drive with a busted gas gauge and a nearly empty tank, imagine how much fuel could be saved! :P
I've found that I'm much more fuel-economy minded as the needle of my gas Gauge nears the "E" mark. Something about a fear of running out of gas in -30 degree weather kind of does that
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I always drive like I have a busted guage and am low on gas
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[QUOTE=Notice the Mt. Dew can where the fuel gauge sending unit should be.[/QUOTE]

Oh I can already hear the news tomorrow.. "He runs his car off Mountain Dew"
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I do keep an eye on my gas gauge, but I trust my trip odometer more than the gas gauge.
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I'm a stubborn male. I have horrible luck at the casino, but pretty sucessful "driving on the line." YES I've lost several times and walked but I still play the game.

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