Week of January 1 to January 7 2018 - Happy New Year

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome to the grind :D

    At some point I’ll get back to posting average gas prices :rolleyes:

    Have a great 2018
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  2. Just under 40,000 miles for 2017. 1/2 what i used to average . When my house sells it will drop a lot more
  3. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    I can't imagine having to drive 40,000 miles a year. Both mine and my wife's mileage together was only 6,717 miles last year.
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  4. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    20F here, 50.5 mpg to work. Engine only got up to 155 degrees.

    Tank is at 41.8 mpg / 147 mi after a trip to Dallas on the highway. It's roughly the same trip as JCP's nemesis. Busy interstate with 75 mph limit.
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  5. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    The extreme cold has ended for a week or so anyway. :) 42 - 4, 19*F to work this morning. 52.2 - 4.7, 25*F home.
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  6. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    The cold is entrenched on the east coast and there's some freakish storm brewing.
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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    This morning , it was 24 deg F warmer than yesterday at the same time. About 13 F now in Elk Grove Village.
  8. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Tuesday morning before dawn drove the Jazz/Fit to local garage to have some new rear brake disks and pads fitted, cycled back home, 37°F, 7 mph headwind S.

    Then drove my wife in the Audi to a dental specialist for some root canal treatment (unfortunately the tooth was beyond saving so out it came), 38°F, 7 mph crosswind S:

    42.7 / 20.0

    Drove back a different way, lots of rain, slow and hilly country roads. Called in at a garden centre on way back then on to fill up:

    38.5 / 12.0

    Tank Stats

    Miles on tank: 582.5 miles
    GallsUS: 12.89
    Calc. MPG : 45.2 MPG
    Calc. Range: 31.2 miles (allowing for extra in tank)
    FCD Range: 10
    FCD MPG : 47.0 MPG (5.04% over-report)
    UG MPG : 44.9 MPG (0.57% under-report)
    No. of trips: 30
    Average trip length: 19.4
    Average speed 30mph
    Driving time on tank: 19hrs 32mins
    Days since last fill: 40
    Commuting: 56.7%
    Ave. Temperature: 45.4°F
    Ave. no. of people in car: 2.38
    Pmpg for the tank: 107.4

    From gas station to home:
    49.2 / 11.1

    After lunch cycled back to fetch the Jazz/Fit - absolutely throwing it down!!


    Back to the commute this morning, no detours, very wet, 46°F, extremely windy 42mph gusting to 50mph (storm Eleanor) headwind W - really hampered my glides:

    41.2 / 22.6

    Tank at 43.5 (FCD 45.8) / 33.7 / Range 570 . Guess gauge F««««|««««E . UG at 46.0 / DTE 587


    My total 2017 miles in the Audi was 7020.8 at an average of 45.74 mpgUS
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  9. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    It stayed below freezing all day.
    45 mpg / 5.3 - home
    53.8 / 5.2 - this morning, 18F. Only twice in the 5 years I've had this car has it been colder, one 16 and one 17.

    Tank is *up* to 42.2 / 157 mi.
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  10. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    41.3 - 4 mi. to work this morning, 9*F
    50 - 4.7 mi home, 18*F
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  11. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    In another thread, I mentioned my 2012 Prius Plug-in 12V battery died. I'm replacing it, but after 24 hours charge then trickle charge, it seems to be holding around 12.8V. Not too bad I figure. But, I've committed to a replacement and might as well since I can't really trust a battery that's gone completely dead once. Lead acid batteries just aren't that good at rebounding.
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  12. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Ugh. Had sticky frost this morning that didn't want to scrape. Had to idle a couple minutes to defrost before driving. 22F

    50.7 / 5.3 - home last night
    39.9 / 5.2 - this morning

    Tank is still *up* to 42.4 / 168 mi.
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  13. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Made it to motorway last night with only 1 up and down the junction trick, 46°F, wind had died down, 7mph tail/crosswind WSW, unusually did better going home than the morning run:
    43.1 / 22.4

    This morning, much better run, 43°F, 2mph crosswind S:
    47.5 (FCD 50.1) / 22.6 - First time over 50 on the FCD for a commute since October.

    Tank up 0.9 at 44.4 (FCD 46.8) / 78.7 / Range 570. Guess gauge F««««|««««E . UG up 0.2 at 46.6 / DTE 550
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  14. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    42 - 4 to work this morning, 10*F. Had a nice run on the way home today.
    56.7 - 6.6 mi., 17*F, work to drug store then home. Engine even got fully warmed up. Sure nice to have some mild weather for a few days.

    I think that is worse than snow for sure.

    You've talked about this before, but I'm not sure I understand what you are doing or why it helps.
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  15. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Motorway again last night, up and down the junction trick again, bit more traffic, 44°F, 14mph tailwind W:
    41.4 / 22.4

    Puddleglum - approaching the motorway on the 2-lane out of the city in an evening, quite often the traffic pretty much stops near a slip road so I’ve found it saves quite a bit of time to come off, go down to roundabout which goes under the 2-lane but instead of going right, I go straight on back up the slip road and rejoin the 2-lane much further down by which point the traffic is moving (albeit slowly!) again. Hope you understand.

    This morning, best run for some time even though colder at 38°F, 3mph head/crosswind SW:
    48.8 (FCD 51.4) / 22.6 - Second time over 50 on the FCD since October, even the UltraGauge was showing it as a 50mpg run.

    Tank up 0.1 at 44.5 (FCD 46.9) / 123.6 / Range 515. Guess gauge F««««|««««E . UG down 0.1 at 46.5 / DTE 505
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  16. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    1 deg F here in Elk Grove Village. I haven't driven ( my car ) since the accident on Dec 29. No one was hurt , but the Prius
    has beaucoups damage. I'm having them fix the hail damage at the same time. Hopefully I will have the car back on the 12th.
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  17. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    Glad to hear your ok Edwin.
    Wow Andrew that is low. I know how the Fit gets in cold temps.

    last years report from Fuelly
    Total Fuel-ups = 5 (-6 from last year)
    Avg Miles/Fuel-Up = 590.0 (-14 miles from last year)
    Avg Price/Gallons = $2.07 (+$0.22 from last year)
    Total Miles Tracked = 2,950 (-3694 miles form last year)
    Total Gallons Fueled = 55.25 (-67.15 gals from last year)
    Avg Price/Fuel-up = $22.92 (+$3.99 from last year)
    Total Spent = $114.61 (-$112.52 saved from last year)
    Avg Price/Mile = $0.04 (+$0.01 from last year)
    Avg MPG = 53.4 (-0.9 from last year)

    Plus what is left on this tank from July of 2017:p (it does have stabilizer in it and is being stored in the garage not outside)
    494.5 miles
    10.2 gals used (about)
    for 47.6 MPG
    That is pretty good savings of not having to spend it on fuel. My wife has also dropped the usage on her car as she only has a 15 minute commute now. MPG's have gone down but the overall usage has decreased a lot. ;)

    I may go to the recycler today and drop off some things just to get the car out and moving after a month of being idle. I need to throw the battery minder on it first.
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  18. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Reducing use is just as valid a fuel saving method as improved fuel economy. About 1500 miles of my driving in the Echo last year was as the in town family hauler. That's 1500 less miles in the Rondo which burns at least twice the fuel in town. The Rondo got it's worst mileage in 10 years (now that I rarely drive it), but spent $230 less in gas than in 2016. Total cost for gas in the Echo was $215.

    43.1 - 4, 4*F to work this morning.
    47.5 - 3.9, 19*F from work to the bank.
    61.7 - 2.7 mi. home (mostly downhill)

    Thanks Gord, I think I understood you. All the on and off ramps (slip roads?) here terminate in a stop sign or a light.
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  19. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Friday, 2UP, motorway route - no detours but rubbish - not on my game - bit heavy with the right foot :rolleyes: !!. Raining, 3.5°C, 5mph tailwind W:
    38.7 / 22.3

    Sunday afternoon, daughter went back to her Uni digs due to train strike today but unfortunately left hers keys behind! Arranged to meet her part way, 12mph head/crosswind going, NE:
    42.0 / 7.1
    54.2 / 7.2 :D

    Tank down 0.7 at 43.8 (FCD 46.1) / 160.3 / Range 470 . Guess gauge F_«««|««««E . UG down 0.4 at 46.1 / DTE 462

    Lost first pip @ 127 miles
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