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Old 10-14-2007, 03:15 PM   #1
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any good driving techniques?

i just moved to a big city from a smaller city, and in the old city (seattle) i got over 40 mpg consistently, going on highways and some city. now, i drive 100% city, and there are stop signs at every block, the traffic lights are not in sync, etc. i have been averaging less than 30 mpg, and sold off my supermid because i dont want to look at that while driving in the city, can be dangerous.

so is there any good techniques that i can use? right now i try to keep the car in motion and not to a full stop on every stoplight, not make a full stop on stop signs (people do that here). I fill up once per month, sometimes even longer. everything is city driving where i live now. i never fo past 2000 rpm, and are always in gears 1-3, since i dont need to go over 30 mph here.


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Old 10-14-2007, 03:28 PM   #2
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The past month I have started an all city commute. It is very hard to get decent mpg #s. What I do is:

-try to stay light on the gas to avoid non-needed braking.

-kill the engine on red-lights that I know are long. Once it's green and a few cars in front of me get moving then I restart the engine.

-kill engine on hills if possible.

-try to avoid major backup areas.

edit. last one:

-remember to leave early for work to avoid going faster to try to make up time (this is one I need to work one).

2008 EPA adjusted:

Distance traveled by bicycle in 2007= 1,830ish miles
Average commute speed=25mph (yes, that's in a car)
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Old 10-14-2007, 03:52 PM   #3
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slow in fast out.

err, wait driving to save gas. the best technique is to do whatever you can to avoid using the brakes.
don't waste your time or time will waste you
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