using ac on the highway

Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by jonathag, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. PookieSoup

    PookieSoup Well-Known Member

    I wear flip flops mostly, and keep sneakers in the passenger side next to me. I have 6 pairs of flip flops now.

    One thing I try to do since I travel so much is to do most of my driving at night especially in the heat. Since I'm usually carrying my dogs with me, they have to have AC. They are absolutely miserable without it. My big one will stick his face up to the grate and start heavy breathing. They are prone to quick over-heating/heat stroke so I have no choice with him.

    Oh, and I carry quite a bit of medical equipment with me. My friends always make the joke that I have enough stuff to perform open heart surgery in the back of my car. Well worth it too. I've witnessed my fair share of accidents (fatal) and some weird stuff that hopefully no one else here has had to witness.
  2. Shrek

    Shrek Kaizen Driver

    I guess you did not see the Shrek movie. Ogars are not supposed to be polite :)
  3. HemiSync

    HemiSync Well-Known Member

    Alright now, someone send negative_camber an email and let them know we aren't always sarcastic beyond belief. Looks like they haven't been back since they left that message. One thing I love about forums, it is so easy to be taken the wrong way with the written word.

    To get things back on topic, with my HCH I find it is best to set the temp to the next to warmest setting and slowly work your way cooler til you feel comfortable. My HCH won't blow heat with the A/C on unless you put it on the warmest setting and by going step by step cooler you will find a setting that will feel cool without being on full blast. Also you have a good chance that the setting chosen will work in all electric mode, thereby not taxing the gas engine. I am pretty sure you have to be in econo mode to have this work.
  4. jonathag

    jonathag Member

    Thanks, wish I had a hybrid, but I drive a 2000 toyota avalon (but I do love the car), so all gas, no all electric mode for me. :-(
  5. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Are you sure? I thought that was what older cars did, while the newer ones (particularly "auto climate controlled" cars) will just run the compressor full-bore and will bleed air in from the heater to reach the right temperature...

    Of course, that leads to the same conclusion: Turn it down all the way and manually shut it off when you get cool enough. :)

  6. abcdpeterson

    abcdpeterson Well-Known Member

    I am new here.

    This thread took an interesting turn from AC to a, shoe on/off discussion. So.. I thought I would try posting (my first post!) on my thoughts on shoeless driving.

    I can defiantly see how you could get a better feel for the gas pedal. I have driven without shoes. But I was not totally comfortable driving without shoes.

    My problem with it:
    When I was taught to drive, I was told to never drive bare foot. The reason I was given was breaking (especially in an emergency). With out shoes you “may” be less likely to press hard and quick on the break due to the chance of causing discomfort to the unprotected foot. If you stubbed your toe going from one pedal to the other this could impact your ability to drive safely.
    I was also told to avoid driving in any kind of shoe that could get caught in the pedal’s, like flip-flops.

    I may at some point, try driving shoeless again in an effort to improve mileage. But for now have found two other ways to help with the gas pedal.

    1. While on the gas pedal I use the side wall next to the pedal to steady my foot. This also give ms a good point of reference to judge how much I am moving the pedal.

    2. I just got a Scangauge II, I set one of the gauges set to show throttle position.

    Ok that was fun to share my 2 cents. (Chuckle)
    Now. Back to why I started reading this thread, running the AC.

    I like driving with the windows open at low speeds. I thought I read somewhere - at low speed your better off with windows open, and freeway speeds it’s better to use the AC.
    Anyone have thoughts on what speed it’s better to switch from open windows to AC?
  7. kwj

    kwj I hypermiled this

    Hi abcdpeterson, it is said that over 40 MPH, the open windows begin to cost you MPGs. At freeway speeds, it is best to have the windows up and the A/C OFF. Some crack a front window and the opposite rear window, to promote cross flow.

    Use of A/C will always cost you MPGs. There are many suggestions on ways to use the A/C intermittently, especially OFF when going up hills, run in recycle mode, etc. Read around for such tidbits.

    Now, when my wife drives, the A/C is ON this time of year.
  8. Nikki

    Nikki Well-Known Member

    Like PookieSoup, my dogs are often my co-pilots so A/C is needed for their health & safety. I'm trying to do without A/C as much as I can, but will need it when I drive to summer school. Hard to teach when hot & sweaty. :(

    When I was in driver's ed they told us we were supposed to wear shoes to drive. I think either they or my dad the cop told me driving barefoot was illegal, but I haven't been able to find a reference in the state laws about barefoot driving. However, dad & the drivers ed teachers also said driving barefoot was safer than wearing flip flops or those high wedge shoes we wore in the 1970s. I usually wear slip-on shoes and slip them off to drive. ;)
  9. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    At a "traffic school" a few years ago, taught by a CHP, one of the other students asked about driving barefoot. The CHP officer said that he got that question every time he taught traffic school, and that in California it is legal to drive barefoot.

    He did not say anything about it being better or worse, just that you wanted to make sure your shoes were in a location where they could not slide under the pedals and interfere with your driving of the car.

    It is possible that local laws have changed since then, of course... Or that he was wrong in the first place.

  10. kayasbluetaco

    kayasbluetaco Well-Known Member

    Me too... I've been doing that since I got my license 19 years ago... and in winter when it's colder, I have soft soled slippers I use. In hot weather I keep flip flops just under my driver seat so I can grab them quick and easy if I have to. I hate shoes!!!

    As for driving with dogs... yes... A/C is a must... When the weather is hot, I either leave them home, or I have to run the A/C. But I try to turn it off when I need to accelerate, but not always possible. Or I try to travel early morning or later evening... but when I can't plan around the temps... the comfort and health of the pups must trump mpg... you just try to make up for it where you can :)
  11. Vooch

    Vooch Well-Known Member

    why not shave the dogs and have a huge bowl of icewater in the car ?

    why take the dogs in the car when they evidently suffer so much even with the a/c on
  12. A024523

    A024523 Currently in Training

    Oh, stop dog-ing on the pet owners! :rolleyes:
  13. kayasbluetaco

    kayasbluetaco Well-Known Member

    When I travel, I don't have a sitter... so I have to take my dogs with me if I am going away over night... I don't take them to runs to the store and the like when it is hot... I save that for the cooler days when I can have the windows open...

    hmm... they make ice jackets for dogs :)
  14. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    In my Odyssey with a "give me 72 degrees" system, it most definitely cycles the compressor on and off.

    Older cars are the ones that mix in warm engine coolant when you adjust the temperature warmer.
  15. PookieSoup

    PookieSoup Well-Known Member

    Shaving a dog is the WORST thing you can do. Dogs do not sweat like humans do. I could go into a long explanation about different types of coat and their functions, but that's pretty off topic. And you're not supposed to give them ice water. Cool water preferably.

    I don't leave my dogs at home because I'm taking them to training, shows, etc.... It would be kind of pointless to drive to a competition without them. :D

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