I finally filled up today, and all I can say is WOW. I have two new important numbers: 36 and 434.

Remember one of my numbers in the first blog post? 28?

That was my typical combined mpg. When I filled up today the trip odometer read 373 miles, way more than usual of course, and I put in 10.244 gallons until the “click” of the pump. (I hadn’t quite yet the fuel light come on, but it was close.)

That calculates to 36.4 mpg, an increase of 30 percent. Honestly, I’m stunned.

Let’s do some more (ugh…) math.

Remember, that driving an average of 12,000 miles a year at 28 mpg and $4.55 gasoline (I’m on premium, remember?) means I’d spend $1,950.

At 36 mpg, I’d spend $1516 a year, given the same variables.

That’s a yearly savings of $434, which is actually low because it assumes gas is going to stay at $4.55. (Ha!)

Alas, it’s a sunny Saturday and I’m off work. I’ll write a little more on Monday.

3 thoughts on “HYPERMILING: WOW! 36 MPG!

  1. How are you driving differently to gain 30% …are you walking/running more?
    A 30% savings is significant and impressive.
    Sharon O’Hara

  2. It’s really as simple as what was mentioned in this, and previous posts. Slow down, anticipate traffic better, don’t race to the lights, inflate your tires to the maximum sidewell rating, and accelerate and decelerate slower. Cleanmpg.com and ecomodder.com offer great advice on getting you on your way.

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