Friday, December 7, 2007

How you drive does affect gas mileage!!

Normally when I go down the freeway, I travel about 70-75 miles per hour, based on driving conditions. Back in September I drove out to Monterey doing this, and got 33.4 MPG. In October I drove to San Francisco and got 32.1 MPG. This past weekend I drove down to San Diego, and the last half of the drive it was pouring rain, so 65 was about the maximum speed I got to, and actually spent a lot of time going slower than that. on that trip I got 35.5 MPG. That's close to a 10% increase in efficiency! Unfortunately, I don't have my exact average speed, but speed was a significant factor, and it made a pretty big difference.