I don't consider myself as an inspirationalist. I'm just a very frugal engineer who is trying to take his Cavalier as far as possible on a drop of gas!
The folks who have inspired me the most to try this hypermiling stuff have been Basjoos and CO ZX2. CO ZX2 used to post much, but I haven't seen anything from him in eons. I would read his posts and then steal some the the ideas shamelessly, while remaining a silent lurker.
I can say that pulling off fantastic mileage is a combination of car, driver, and route. I have a pretty good makeup. My car as stock can deliver decent MPGs. With some minor tinkering (e.g., tire pressure to 55 PSIG, EOC injector switch, grill block, scangauge, WAI, underpan, wheel skirts) the car is even better. As a driver, the key is anticipation and moderate acceleration to get into high gear as soon as possible. I "Fred Flintstone" and coast out of my driveway in the morning. Taking a route that is free of traffic is very, very important. The lack of other drivers lets you hypermile more easily. I have a fairly "clean" route to get back and forth to work.
Couple all 3 of my factors and the result is great, unfathomable MPGs.
my commute is not so friendly to those conditions. I live outside of the city but work near the airport so traffic can get pretty ugly at times.
you said you were an engineer, what field? I am in electrical engineering (I am a tech not an engineer) I work with the engineers here and help design PAs for cell phones and other wireless devices. right now we are designing a wimax PA for a laptop internet card.
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Great job phleas, keep up that eoc. Usually on the road i have to cut short my eoc because of lights, traffic or pedestrians. With a route with no other traffic would allow one to fully coast to get that extra distance. I believe that the Priius that got 102 mpg on a closed course actually used fuel at 56 mpg and coasted the rest of the way. They found that it worked best at 40 mph down to 33 mph. Thats why i search for the least traveled route.