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# Archive for November, 2006

## So the MPG increased that much?

November 23rd, 2006 at 03:53 am

A little background...

While I was away from the blogs, I needed to make a semi long trip, about 2 hours each way. As I was on my way I found (via call) I would be arriving way too early and would need to wait maybe a half hour for the person I was going to visit. What I have done in the past on this trip is about half way I switch from highway to a parallel road that is four lanes and maybe 5 traffic lights for 40 miles, then I get back onto the super busy expressway for the last 10 miles to her house. I do this because the other road is not travelled by many people and it makes for a relaxing ride.

Anyway, I had a choice. Stop somewhere for maybe an hour, or drive slowly to get there when I needed. I went that route (the parallel road) and drove maybe 45 MPH instead of 55 to 60 on this stretch of my trip. It worked out right and I arrived after she did. On the way back I did the same, taking that road and enjoying the relaxing portion of the drive only going 45 MPG.

So when I stopped and got gas I found that my MPG had increased to 40 MPG for the last tankfull. This surprised me and got me thinking.... How much was my MPG for just driving a very relaxed, no stop light 45 MPH. Using some general guess-timates, here is what I came up with.

Start with my normal MPG. This tankful had lots of highway driving, and that will normally come in at 36 up to 38 MPG. I will go with 37 MPG for what it normally would have been. The overall trip on the tank of gas was 420 miles, but lets round down to 400 miles. My "slow" portion of the tank was 2 times 40, or 80 miles. So that means only 20% of the trip was at the higher MPG rate. That would mean that whatever increase I see in my overall MPG, I would need to multiply by 5 to get the increase for just the 20% of the trip. My increase was 3 (40 - 37) MPG, so for the time I was doing 45MPH, I was getting an increase of 3 times 5 or 15 more MPG. Normally I get 37, so this means I was getting 52 MPG for that portion of the trip.

OK that was a lot of assumptions, but I don't think it will be that far from the truth. Think of it, I can up my MPG to over 50 by driving really smoothly at a leasurely pace.

I dunno, but this really surprised me when I worked the numbers out. Maybe it will give you pause when you think smooth slow driving doesn't help the fuel efficiency of your car.

## Found money, rants & more (Long read)

November 19th, 2006 at 02:46 pm

Dang, its been a while since I posted anything. Of course I have excuses By the way, instead of splitting all these stories up, I left them all in here. So this is a loooong post.

My computer died on me about a month ago and I have been trying to restore my system. I have everything working but my wireless router connection Hopefully that will be resolved soon.

Rant #1) I will never, and I do mean never, buy anything from Tiger Direct again. My old computer was from them and it had more problems than I could believe. I would fix one thing from them, and others would start. And previously I bought a computer from them, only to find out they sent me the wrong parts (the CPU wouldn't work with the sent motherboard - even though it was a package deal!). When I called, the rep even said that yes, they knew they sent the wrong CPU. I didn't ask why they didn't contact me, that instead I had to spend a month researching the problem before I realized it was their fault. I'm a patient customer, but thats it with them. No more.

Rant #2) I got to read an article in the paper today that I was stunned to read. In the business section, this person said it was ok to tithe at your church before paying your debts, even if you are in bankruptcy. Click here to read. Now I am no fan of credit companies, but if I was owed money and instead the money was being sent to a church and they couldn't pay me, you might actually see the steam coming off my head. Some people may disagree, but I see that article as worse then irresponsible. Unreal.