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Old 12-16-2015, 03:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's Behind your Motivation to get High MPG?

- Some of us want to "stick it to the oil companies".
- Some of us feel good saving money at the pump.
- Some of us do it for the environment.

I'm a competitive sort. So, to me, getting high MPG is a game. I try to see if I can hack my driving-style to get better MPG than the last tank.

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Old 12-16-2015, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All of the above and none of the above?

Can efficiency as a general philosophy be a motivation?

Like you, it's also an enjoyable game for me.
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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3 cents a mile sums it up nicely.

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Old 12-16-2015, 05:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2015, 06:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Honestly, it gives me something fun to do on my boring commute through dead-flat central Florida and saves me some money at the same time
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Old 12-16-2015, 06:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Bragging rights

It helps to have a diesel.
Bragging rights? I had forgotten THAT one. I do take pleasure from the reaction when I tell people I got 55.47mpg on my way to LA with my 26 y/o car. That's better than the average Prius driver/owner. (present company excluded, of course)
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This is a win thread!

For me, it was originally to save money alone. Over time, it has evolved for fun and the challenge of getting not good, but exceptional fuel economy. I still love telling people I saved close to $1000 last year on fuel

The bragging rights!

It helps to have a car with low EPA Combined mpg and great potential

Above all, it just seems to be the right thing to do for ourselves and future drivers. The benefits are numerous!

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Old 12-16-2015, 08:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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So many reasons!
Saving money - fuel cost roughly cut in half
Smaller footprint
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It's a fun challenge to drive efficiently
Modifying cars is fun
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Smaller footprint.

And bragging rights. Oh god the bragging rights. The groans from friends on Facebook when I post numbers up.

It's a fun hobby. Considering I can't practice drifting (fingers crossed our new series starts next year), slalom/circuit racing or drag racing on the street, hypermiling is the only motorsports discipline I can enjoy on a daily basis.

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