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Old 06-27-2012, 10:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have a 63 mile one way commute to work daily. I timed the trip and gauged tank to tank fuel economy. I discovered that doing 65 mph (10 over) only saved me seven minutes of drive time, but cost me 6 mpg. I put along whether anyone is in the vehicle with me or not. I am salary and prefer to enjoy the ride. BTW, has anyone ever considered what speeding would do if you got a ticket? Talk about blowing money. I'll enjoy the roses instead of being in a rush.

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Old 06-27-2012, 11:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Lol, I do that already. I have learned to smile and wave to those who lean out of the car cussing you out for doing 55 in a 65. I just give myself plenty of time, and like I said, enjoy the ride.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Best money I made was when I glued rocks to the foundation of my house. Since I was living there (built it myself) I had no commute, just walk out the garage door and mix up some mortar and slap it on the rock, then stick the rock on the cinderblock wall. Took me two months to cover the almost 2000 square feet of wall. In some spots it is 12 feet tall. Used a big mortar bag to squirt extra mortar into the gaps and smoothed it out with my finger. Break up rocks for pieces to fill the gaps.

Best quote to have someone else do it was $18,000. Cost me $1400 and my time. Not a single one has fallen off the foundation in almost 8 years.

Probably spelled mortar wrong.

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Old 06-27-2012, 11:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Depends on the mortar you are referring to.
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I have been 2 miles or less from work for the last 9 years.
It has saved me thousands of hours of driving.
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I have been 2 miles or less from work for the last 9 years.
It has saved me thousands of hours of driving.
You poor thing. What do you do to get your hypermiling fix?

I enjoy my commute. It's fun trying to best my last tank. With the 2012 Prius it gives you a trip summary every time you power off the car. This lets me know how well I did for that particular trip. It looks like this.

So I can check my uphill morning commute.


Then check my downhill evening commute.


Without messing with my trip meters for that tank.
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Before I retired, my time was worth $60/hr. I could have driven (an 80 mile RT), at a round trip time of about 1.7 hrs/day. Instead, I took bus, BART, & bus for a total daily commute time of ~4 hours. Driving speed wouldn't have mattered much, as rush hour congestion slowed everyone to an average speed of 60 mph on the morning commute, and 40 mph on the afternoon commute.

Rather than drive a SOV, I took public transportation. I read my newspapers, magazines, and books, and did the daily Sudoku and crossword puzzles - luxuries I obviously couldn't do safely while commuting. Driving would have actually left me with less available daily quality time to do my reading.
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I personally love my commute for right now. It gives me "windshield time with God". I have spent the last few weeks laid up from surgery and have not been driving, and it did save a lot of money. But I enjoy the relaxing country drive.
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Before I retired, my time was worth $60/hr. I could have driven (an 80 mile RT), at a round trip time of about 1.7 hrs/day. Instead, I took bus, BART, & bus for a total daily commute time of ~4 hours. Driving speed wouldn't have mattered much, as rush hour congestion slowed everyone to an average speed of 60 mph on the morning commute, and 40 mph on the afternoon commute.

Rather than drive a SOV, I took public transportation. I read my newspapers, magazines, and books, and did the daily Sudoku and crossword puzzles - luxuries I obviously couldn't do safely while commuting. Driving would have actually left me with less available daily quality time to do my reading.
I love taking the bus or train...l plenty of time to read... write articles on my netbook or sleep.

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