Originally Posted by buurin
So there's where my glass ceiling is! All my drives are either on 60km/h city streets or 100km/h highways and I'm only confident enough to do it on those highways, when it should be the opposite.
That appears to be the case. Rolling from 35 -> 25 mph takes a LOT longer than rolling from 65 -> 55 mph due to wind resistance, yet doesn't take as much to accelerate (neglecting the fact one is in different gears).
I took a trip the other week and sort of tested this. SR-520 from Brevard County to Orlando, FL (for those who know the area). 65mph speed limit. I pulsed pretty much from 55 to 65. I noticed that my fe really didn't increase as compared to DWL. In fact, I think it went slightly lower (numerous resets of trip FE on the scangauge). Now, if I was only pulsing 35-45 or so, it might be different...maybe even 45-55. But I couldn't go too slow...traffic was pretty non-existant (thankfully) but have a wife who complains about going too slow just to get a few extra miles out of the tank. *sigh*
I suppose even using CC at high speeds is better (not as good as DWL but a lot easier on the foot...I get cramps after a while).
What do others think? Does what I said sound about right?