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Old 06-08-2010, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New driving method tried today with good results!

Was thinking last night that while in cruise at 55-60mph boost is less than 2psi on the flats and up to around 12psi range climbing hills. Why not slow down while climbing hills to keep boost low all the time? Did this today with good results. I was able to keep boost below 3-4psi except for accel to get up to speed to lock the t/c. My mileage between 1/8 tank marks is normally 70-80 miles and doing this method gave me aprox 85-90 miles between marks! I normally leave it in cruise except for when neutral coasting down a hill. Today I acceled down the hills that neutral coasting did not at least maintain speed and slowed down on the uphill. One hill I hit at just over 60mph and at the top I was down to just over 40mph. Seems to work well.....

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Old 06-08-2010, 09:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, driving with load (DWL), i.e. driving at constant engine load rather than constant vehicle speed, saves gas on most kinds of cars, especially those with automatic trannies.

Just don't go so fast down the hill that you burn up your savings with the increased aerodynamic load. Descending a steep enough hill, you may want to shift to neutral and/or turn off the engine.
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Used this method along with aerocap and did aprox 100 miles between 1/8 tank marks on the fuel gauge. I will try to use this method most of the next tank to see what it will do. Will keep everyone posted.....

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