Driving to work in temps under 40F takes its toll, but I looked at my spreadsheet and realized that there is still a personal best to be broken. The lowest I have ever paid to fuel my car was 6.5 cents per mile, right after I got it last summer when fuel cost $2.399/gal and I was on a road trip getting nearly 37mpg. (This car was born to hypermile
). After that my FE tanked into the 20s and low 30s and the fuel cost per mile got as high as 10 and 11 cents per mile but never fell much below 8 cents per mile, even when fuel cost $2.099/gal again.
If nothing strange happens, this should be the tank that breaks the personal best. Despite the slide in fuel economy, I'm still doing much better than I was at the same time last year. I could even make it below 6 cents per mile with the right pump price and a full-blown HS P&G push on tomorrow's highway trip. (It can't hurt once in a while to stay in practice.)
Anyway, I just want to post this as a testament to what a little effort and the right knowledge from CleanMPG can do. You don't have to be the best, it's the personal improvement that counts!