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Winning the MPG Challenge

Roughly two months ago I started paying attention to my driving habits.  Which is good on many levels.  For one, I wasn’t the kindest, most courteous driver on the road.  I didn’t like slow people getting in my way and slowing me down.  More importantly, I drive a big 4×4 truck, with a horrible, gas-guzzling V8 engine.

So what is the MPG Challenge?  Well…  it’s a fun, exciting driving game.  One which you drive slow, and deliberate.  Very much like an old grandparent, putt-putting along.  The beauty of this game is you save all kinds of cash because your fuel efficiency gets better and better.  When I started the game my truck was getting a dismal 14.9 mpg.  Now two months later I’m getting some serious high scores.  Currently my MPG readout on the dash has me getting…

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18 MPG

Yeah your read it right.  I’m now getting EIGHTTEEN MILES PER GALLON in my big, fat, heavy, 4×4 truck.  And I’m not really trying that hard.  Just think if I tried…  could I get 20 mpg?  I’d be rich!

Has anybody else out there changed their driving habits?  What do you drive?  What kind of MPG are you now getting?

5 replies on “Winning the MPG Challenge”

During the school yet it’s 75 to work in the morning and about 65 on the way home to help with the unwind. But I still need to get home kinda quick so I can get things done.

Now that schools out, I just sit back and relax doing 60.

Honda Civic EX – 32-38mpg.

wife’s car is a Subaru Forester – 22-29.

I get about what I expected. Very little of my compute is stop-and-go. It is either highway or open street roads with occasional stop lights.

If the school allowed me access to the showers before they let the students in I would. But the gym guys don’t want the responsibility. I also have no safe place (The school is a urban school so draw your own conclusions) to store my bike except in my classroom. 99% of my students would be cool with that, but all you need is one idiot and I’m out a carbon frame.

I run into this type of issue all the time. “Why don’t you bike to work?” I would except you provide no shower access, any place to store my bike, and actual frown on me coming in and leaving on a schedule. My last job actually put me on their web site to prove their were green. In reality one of my bosses did not like the idea that I couldn’t be contacted while riding and preferred that I drive so I could answer my cell or come in even earlier.

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