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by Roger Mellie
Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Hypermiling Chat
Topic: Got myself a new car! Skoda Fabia VRS...
Replies: 26
Views: 22337

Re: Got myself a new car! Skoda Fabia VRS...

Thanks FRV, much appreciated :) Ah traffic lights, the enemy of hypermilers eh? Especially if they don't change, even if you slow down gradually to them! Fifteen of them, now that is a pain. Sadly in Notts they prefer them to traffic-lights; compare the sets on the roads around Mansfield, with the o...
by Roger Mellie
Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Motorway Driving
Replies: 16
Views: 18568

Re: Motorway Driving

Coaches are good to look out for too, they are limited to 62mph instead of 56mph; still give the same drafting opportunities as lorries, but a little faster. If there are no lorries, I stick to 60mph (62mph on the speedo). You make good progress, you're not holding traffic up, but you still manage d...
by Roger Mellie
Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Hypermiling Chat
Topic: Got myself a new car! Skoda Fabia VRS...
Replies: 26
Views: 22337

Re: Got myself a new car! Skoda Fabia VRS...

I brimmed the tank when I took parents out for a long journey; managed 375 miles on exactly half a tank of fuel, which indeed works at 75mpg. On my own, I typically return between 400 and 440 miles out of half a tank-- indeed mid-80s mpg is the typical amount I get from my trip computer. It's pretty...
by Roger Mellie
Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: Hypermiling Chat
Topic: Got myself a new car! Skoda Fabia VRS...
Replies: 26
Views: 22337

Re: Got myself a new car! Skoda Fabia VRS...

I had wondered about the margin of error with those MPG computers-- I often read 3% error margin on Skoda forums? I managed quite a record the other Sunday, if the computer is to be believed. I drove back from Wetherby to my home in Notts, and wasn't in a hurry. Most the journey is along the A1, and...
by Roger Mellie
Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Hypermiling Chat
Topic: Got myself a new car! Skoda Fabia VRS...
Replies: 26
Views: 22337

Re: Got myself a new car! Skoda Fabia VRS...

Just bought one myself, 06-plate Its first two runs I did were from my home to Market Harborough (35 miles)-- half dual-c'way and half open country roads. I managed between 80-85mpg on all the runs, I was astonished! The computer does ring true, I can get over 800 miles out of one tank of fuel. I ga...
by Roger Mellie
Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Hypermiling Chat
Topic: How come
Replies: 5
Views: 5266

Re: How come

...The thing that always seems to ruin my average, is tailgaters and when I get pissed off with them....especially when they could safely overtake but don't. In my Britain, tailgaters would be given automatic five year driving bans. Then a lifetime ban if they're caught driving again during that ti...
by Roger Mellie
Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Hypermiling FAQ / Help
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 13
Views: 28756

Re: Drafting

Thanks for all that info, much appreciated.

I believe the stopping distance for 50mph is 13 car lengths and 60mph 18 car lengths-- so I'd imagine 55mph is around 15 or 16 car-lengths then?
by Roger Mellie
Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: Hypermiling FAQ / Help
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 13
Views: 28756

Drafting

I note that "drafting" (saving fuel by keeping in the slipstream of an HGV) is one way of improving mpg. However how close do you have to be, for there to be an effect? I don't want to tailgate lorries; not just because of safety, but I find it harder to maintain a steady speed with less than a two-...
by Roger Mellie
Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:48 pm
Forum: Unlimited MPG Discussion - Walking, bussing it and Cycling
Topic: Walking 'MPG'
Replies: 1
Views: 12904

Walking 'MPG'

I've found this useful site. It calculates how many calories you burn per mile (or any given distance) when walking-- all you do is enter your weight in lb and distance walked in miles-- then check your speed in mph.

http://walking.about.com/library/cal/uccalc1.htm
by Roger Mellie
Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:06 pm
Forum: Hypermiling FAQ / Help
Topic: How do you coast?
Replies: 12
Views: 24346

Re: How do you coast?

It depends on the gradient of the hill, and how clear or straight the road is. If it's a long hill and gentle, I have nobody in front and there are no bends-- then I'd say neutral. Then you can maintain a steady speed (over-run on a gentle will slow you down via engine-braking). I'd prefer neutral t...