Hello from Raleigh

Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by lowmagnet, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. lowmagnet

    lowmagnet Member

    Had a run at 35mpg, of course that was without traffic and with a lot of luck.

    I find myself wanting to go faster because there are people behind me. All of the roads I drive on are two or more lanes in each direction, so I don't know why it bothers me.

    Had someone in a pickup truck pull around me this morning, get back in my lane, and make the same right I was making. I was coasting and almost kissed his rear bumper on the turn. What an idiot.
  2. Skwyre7

    Skwyre7 Well-Known Member

    That will gradually get better. I found it to be the biggest mental hurdle. I still struggle with it at times.
  3. kwj

    kwj I hypermiled this

    That pickup truck did exactly what his impatience quotient (IQ) allowed. It's like a Pavlov's Dog reaction for some drivers, so used to speeding that you are very much in their way at the speed limit. See, he "showed you."

    There are lot of reasons to feel "funny" when you are "going slow." One is that we've been taught to be considerate drivers. Years ago, tailgating was not that prevalent. Now it seems rampant. People are only doing what others have done to them. They try to intimidate you because their impatience quotient is very low, and when the tables are reversed, it makes them speed up.

    It takes some time to develop an attitude that says they can always go around. I've had people follow me for over a half mile, because their exit is coming up. They seem content, and probably realize it is no big deal to save 5 seconds by roaring around me. And, then there are the low IQ drivers that can't afford to be behind anyone.

    I guess it helps to decide that since you have to put up with a lot of crazy drivers, they must now contend with you. After all, none of them are going to pay for your gas, and most of them don't understand what you are trying to do for yourself and the planet.
  4. lightfoot

    lightfoot Reformed speeder

    At one point on my way to Boston today, I had a guy in a Camry following me at a reasonable distance. I figured he was planning to get off at the exit that was coming up. Sure enough he pulled right into the exit ramp. And then passed me on the right, using a bit of shoulder when he ran out of exit ramp!! Did I mention that the left lane was completely empty? Weird!!

    After a while you will adjust to the mentality of WANTING people to pass you. But it's better if they pass you on the left.
  5. lowmagnet

    lowmagnet Member

    I most definitely want people to pass me which is why I don't get the tailgaters. Then again, my co worker said he was going 80 with a clear left lane open, and someone was on his booty the whole time. He changed lanes, and the other car followed him. Ridiculous.

    I've been getting decent mileage, and I adjusted the speedometer in the sgii because it was off by 1 mph (checked against gps). Though I'm not sure how off it will be at 60 mph since it's percentage based.

    In pure 'city' stop/go traffic I'm getting around 25-26. In my daily commute, I get approx 30-32 each way. It's more on the higher end of that range on the way home because I have two great downhill areas, a few degrees over 1-2 miles each. Great for P&G.
  6. lowmagnet

    lowmagnet Member

    Hit 40 mpg for the first time on a 13-or-so mile trip. Effective use of p&g and cruise control helped here. Since I was on the sCary-Raleigh leg of 440, I daren't drive below 60 much, lest I car-up-the-butt-itis.


    The 39.9 came up about 5 seconds after the car was turned off :rolleyes:

    But all I have to say is :woot:
  7. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Nice! I love seeing this kind of stuff! 40 in a V6? That's like, not possible! ;):rolleyes:
  8. kwj

    kwj I hypermiled this

    Lowmagnet, that is excellent. Thanks for keeping us posted, it is very uplifting to see so many people able to learn new tricks (and do so well). And with a v-6 too.
  9. lowmagnet

    lowmagnet Member

    Keep in mind this was with an average -0.4% grade over the trip. My daily commute is 0.2%/-0.2% day/night so this is an outlier trip. This morning was 29.1 for example.
  10. lowmagnet

    lowmagnet Member

    I'm still on my first tank from of hypermiling, @ about 320 miles. I probably have another week in my tank, which is the longest I've gone without a fill-up. I'm prepared for the sticker shock when I hit the station next. :D
  11. ericbecky

    ericbecky Member

    Yep. That's the problem with going so long between fill ups lately.
    Every time you show up you get a surprise.
    Yesterday's van fill up was nearly $80.
  12. kwj

    kwj I hypermiled this

    Hi Lomagnet, another V-6 accord just joined. He's wondering about other Accords on this site, so go give him a welcome if you wish. He just posted in the Start Your Journey Here section, name is faztcobra.

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