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Old 01-08-2008, 12:33 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Gen, the simple way to maximize your FE in up and down terrain is to imagine you're having to pedal your car. You want to carry speed through the valleys to get you up the other side and try not to knock yourself out going up the hill by maintaining speed -- when you crest the summit, you'll want to have bled as much speed off as traffic conditions will permit.

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Gen, the simple way to maximize your FE in up and down terrain is to imagine you're having to pedal your car. You want to carry speed through the valleys to get you up the other side and try not to knock yourself out going up the hill by maintaining speed -- when you crest the summit, you'll want to have bled as much speed off as traffic conditions will permit.
Driving in cycling terms. Not sure why I never thought of it like this

I've been trying to apply a lot of the techniques I am learning to my daily driving. I haven't used a full tank of gas since I started and I don't have proper instrumentation so it is very hard for me to see anything. However, driving back to my university this Sunday, I will definitely see how well I can do. As well as block out some extra time since I won't be doing 80 mph the whole way
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We should all drive our cars like bicycles!

Bicyclists are the most insanely efficient travelers in the world.

I have always tried to time stop lights so I can roll through without hitting red.

Bicyclists also ride at a reasonable speed, either slow enough that wind resistance isn't a factor or that areomod if they are going really fast.

Cars could learn a lot from bikes.

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