Monday, May 26, 2008

new driving technique

My dad taught me to drive. That includes that if your foot isnt on the brake, it should be on the gas (and hard!). I have always driven in a hurry too.

As I have said before, I am cheap. That is one major factor that influences some of the things I do... for example, it is one of the biggest perks to breastfeeding for me. :-)

Anyway.... I have been hearing all over to do this, or do that to get better MPG. With gas being just shy of $4.00 a gallon today, and driving about 32 miles to work one way- I am spending a ton of ching on gas. So I thought I would try, for one tank of gas, to see if any of this stuff works.

  • No speeding
  • Accelerate slowly
  • Allow the car to coast before I stomp on the brake(this is the hard one for me!)
  • Keeping a good distance between me and the car in front of me

Well, prior to this trial my Ford Escort ZX2 was getting 32-34mpg consistantly. I just filled up last night after trying out my new way of driving and I got........ drum roll please! 40mpg!!!!!!! Another perk, is I am more relaxed while driving too.

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