How supportive is your spouse or "significant other"?
I just have to ask -- how supportive is your spouse or "significant other" in your Gassavers.org participation? Since it's become a hobby and a challenge of mine to improve the economy of our vehicles, I kinda get the "eye-roll" and, "Well, Rick's in the garage doing something to the car again". Don't get me wrong, we spend a lot of quality time together (so it's not necessarily an obsession), but sometimes when I "tinker" I get the "whatever".
Luckily we do share the same views on not buying an SUV, and getting good gas mileage. But beyond that, I'm on my own. She does like the more relaxed driving I've adopted, though
My wife is supportive of me. She encourages me to do what makes me happy, so I'm extremely lucky.
She'll even let me tinker with her car if I want to.
I'm lucky there too. The Integra is technically her car, but I've been allowed to use it as my daily driver and conduct experiments on it. She drives the TL, and I'm slowly introducing user-friendly (behind the scenes) economy tricks (like WAI, etc.) to that car, which is technically in my name.
If only I could get her to drive a stick-shift. Her friend has a Mini and agreed to help teach her. I tried a while back with my Si -- I won't go there...
My parents don't care. My dad even helped me install nitrous. He thought nitrous wouldn't increase power. I took him out on the freeway and showed him a 35 shot. He was like oh S@#$. If I would of did a 75 shot he would of crapped his pants. I never did a 75 shot with somebody else in the car. Too scary even for me. Torque steer like crazy.
My situation is similar to yours RH77. Tammara gives me the eye roll when I start tinkering or wanting to spend money in the name of saving on gas. She hates even more following me, because now I'm a religious 55 mph driver on the interstate, and she's become an 80+ driver since she's learned to drive a 5-speed. She is somewhat of a Gassaver at heart though, with her previous car being a 1991 Isuzu Trooper [gas HOG], and her current car a 1997 Honda Accord EX. I'm able to tinker with her car, as long as I pay for it. But she wants it fast - I guess letting her drive my turbocharged Civic was a bad idea. =P
My Fiance is pretty supportive i guess, lets me mess with my truck almsot as much as i want with no complaints as long as she isn't in a needy mode (y'all know what i mean), and she appreciates me attempting some things with her car, and she even seems to appreciate my driving style, she isn't afraid to tell other people that I get better mileage out of her car than she does.
my wife loves it when I save money, espically when I spend most of it! She's too timid to drive a car (how did she get her liscence?) , and refuses to learn stick at all! SO my next car going to have to be an auto ;( so no more bump starts.
But she loves the hybrids though, she loves the stealth mode. Don't we all I know I do!
If your reading this, then good for you, your saving some gas because your here.