And so my Hypermiling saga begins...

Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by Kingsly, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Kingsly

    Kingsly Well-Known Member

    Thanks. If it occurred to people that there is another lane for passing me, that would be one thing. Unfortunately, every day that I drive I manage to get ahead of someone who refuses to change lanes and pass me, preferring to tailgate and honk or flash lights. The thing is, I am going a reasonable speed! 5MPH under the limit is perfectly fine, in the DMV's eyes. They also all vie for the intersection crossing world speed record, making a slow acceleration from stop quite interesting!

    Anyway, I'm ranting now. New rule for self: As long as I'm being safe and following the rules of the road, the other guy can yell all he wants. ;)
  2. Kingsly

    Kingsly Well-Known Member

    Quick update: So, I'm halfway into my first tank as a hypermiler and am so far quite pleased with the results. I just reached the 1/2 mark, with ~230mi on the odometer. My first tank in the car I think I got 300 for the whole tank! If I continue at this pace I think I can look forward to being over 460 by the time I fill up. Also, since I don't wait to fill up when I am completely empty, I am going to hazard that there is still a good ~1.5 gal reserve in the tank after I hit E. That calculates pretty darned close to 30MPG, depending on how much reserve is left (I'll know when I see how much gas my car takes to fill up!)

    Thanks all for the help. After this tank I am looking forward to learning some advanced techniques! :D
  3. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Great job, Kingsly!

    The guys (and gals!!) here have great advice and it really does make a big difference. My mileage numbers are well on their way toward +10 over what I was getting before I asked for more advice and tried some new techniques -- and that was just last week!

    It feels like a lot to handle all at once :)Banane27:) but after a bit it is no worse than learning to drive a car for the first time.

    Keep us updated!
  4. brucepick

    brucepick Well-Known Member

    Good going!
    I'm sure your consistent efforts are already paying off.
  5. Kingsly

    Kingsly Well-Known Member

    Arrh. So I filled up today. The numbers aren't exactly what I had hoped for. I, for one, am never picking my sister up from school again. :rolleyes: :mad:

    My in-the-bag 30MPG tank became a just-okay 26.7 MPG tank with just a few hill climbs... :(

    Oh well. :eek:
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Kingsly:

    ___Don’t let this tank or the initial numbers discourage you. Consider us your therapy for the bad days with much better days yet to come :)

    ___Good Luck and don’t ever give up. It is just to important …

  7. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    The first tank with the hypermiling techniques is rarely a stellar one. It takes time for a driver to play with them and figure out where each tool fits into the commute. As you practice and your method becomes more fluid the numbers will go up.

    Have a look at the gaslog for my Accord:

    Notice that I started hypermiling on the 3/16/06 tank but the results, though "OK", were still below EPA highway (32mpg).
  8. Kingsly

    Kingsly Well-Known Member

    Dont get me wrong, I am thrilled that I beat EPA at all! I'm just disappointed that my math didn't work out the way I had hoped (I should've know that my math would'nt have worked out... It never does. :eek: :rolleyes: :D )
  9. tbaleno

    tbaleno Well-Known Member

    The hardest part to get REALLY good mileage is to be persistant. One bad trip can ruin a tank (You might have noticed ;) ) Every trip out is a challenge. Keep up the fight. Now that you have that tank as a reference you can work to beat it on the next one.
  10. Kingsly

    Kingsly Well-Known Member

    I've been contemplating filling up once I reach 1/2 a tank. It's less depressing that way (spending $25 instead of $50)...

    Is it alright to do that or will it throw off my readings? :confused:
  11. tbaleno

    tbaleno Well-Known Member

    You can do that. It will throw of your imediate readings, but over time it isn't going matter. Ultimately it is going to be how many miles did you drive and how much fuel did you put in. At worst the margin of error will be the amount of fuel your tank can hold vs how much fuel total you have used.

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