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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

MPG Bliss

I took a short vacation down to Southern Illinois Monday and Tuesday. I religiously reset my tripometer when I fill up with gas, partly because I used to run old crappy cars and could not always depend on what the gas gauge said and partly to keep track of my miles per gallon. It has been mentioned on other blogs how much I hate buying gas. I despise getting gouged a few more cents at the pump. I have been changing my driving habits to get me more miles between fill-ups and therefore more happy time.
Up until recently my record had been 369 miles before the gas light came on. Kati does not appreciate seeing the gas light on and will scold me if she sees it. This record was hit while we were driving back from Minnesota and Kati was asleep. -Shhh.
Anyway, I've found a nice groove and due to nice weather did not need air conditioning for most of the trip so I was able to destroy my old record and tally 398 miles before the gas light came on. I kept up the cruising and pulled out 416.4 miles before filling up. I feel like the Michael Phelps of hyper-milers now.

Tags:  Joe, MPG
Hey Joe,

I was going to write a short blog about this, but since you mentioned it, I'll just leave it here:

My mom forwarded an email to me a couple months ago about gas. What I picked up from it mainly was 1. don't pump gas on a hot day, you get less liquid and more "gas" that way, 2. don't pump gas if you see a fuel truck at the station, or you will end up paying for a lot of air that's been created while filling up the stations tank, 3. pump your gas slow, the faster you pump it, the more air that gets into your tank, and 4. fill up your tank when you are at 1/2 a tank to 1/4 - this again has to do with the amount of air in your tank, etc. (also, while watching the news a few weeks ago they were talking about how taking your tank below 1/4 of a tank can ruin your fuel pump).

I always turn miles over each time I fill up and it's definitely given me more bang for the buck!
Hayley   Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thanks for the feedback, Haley.
I like the idea of doing everything possible to get the most out of your dollar. I think most of the progress I've seen is due to the fact that my car is a stick shift and I have been coasting whenever possible. I can accelerate for 1/10th of a mile and then coast for 2/10ths. Essentially my engine is running at idle for 2/3rds of my trip.
Joe   Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Haha, I have a stick and I've been doing the same thing to. Coast. Coast. Coast. ....and filling up my gas slow. :)
Hayley   Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I used to love to see how far the Kia would go before I had to fill up. I started to believe the gas tank was bottomless, but I always got too scared to really push it to the limit and would fill up not long after the gas light came on.
I learned my lesson while driving the truck. When that needle came anywhere near the 'E' it meant business. No low fuel light warning or anything. You were just dead where you stood. That happened to me twice!
Ames   Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I have a stick but Sam gets to it from time to time and its a little ragged now.

Seriously though Joe, I'm surprised to see this blog considering your recent WIN.
LimeyGeorge   Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The recent win ($500 in gas cards) does not make me any less stingy with my gas. I want to get even more out of my free gas to keep me from having to actually spend my own money on the gas.
Joe   Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Its just a load of hot air.......gas, in other words.
LimeyGeorge   Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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