Got to drive a little today in the Prius, 9 mile round trip segment 66.6 MPG. It looks like a block heater is a must if I want to get some really good segments. Even though it's 90 degrees here it still takes quite a while to warm up but once it's warm it really performs.
I've turned in some lousy tanks lately. I've quit CODfishing for the most part, primarily due to the fact that it was just too much of a PITA to do 100% of the time. I have also reverted to using cruise control on the highway and setting the speed to 65 or slightly under. I take a slight hit from that but it completely eliminates my need to give a damn if the guy behind me is upset. Let's just say that I don't have the nerves of steel that the hypermiling elite seem to possess, and have grown weary of east coast-style traffic altercations. NO MORE!
My past two tanks were dragged up over the 37mpg mark by their hair, and this one is at 36.9mpg and climbing. I should be able to do something in the 38mpg range, I think.
400miles @ 10.37gal = 38.57mpg (a new record for distance and mpg)
I'm glad that 400mile tank is over with. I don't really like driving on E for 70miles. Now I just need a 40mpg tank.
The old record was 35.77mpg
Just another bright idea - keep a spare gallon of two in a can in the car and vent it to the intake of the engine so not to waste any of the fumes. That way it is easier on your nerves.
If I had any more room under the hood I would put one there but I think an overflow catch can at the filler spout is my next idea I will try. Last time I filled up in PA . . . yeah been back over a week and still have gas to burn . . . the pump when running really slow didn't shut off and gas was pouring on the ground. Not sure what they use to sense the fluid level in the filler spout . . . anyone?
I just capped off a relatively average day with a 74.0 segment on the way home from some errands. This was a 5.3 mile trip on county roads. For the work commute, I got 61.0 taking the wife to work, 64.7 from there to my work, 65.7 from my work to the wife's this afternoon, and 54.3 from her work to home. I'm at 372 miles and I'm just a speck above the 1/2 mark. SG says I've used 5.9 gallons and is showing 60.9 mpg at an average of 32 mph.
Horsepower is how hard you hit the wall, torque is how much of the wall you take with you.