Dr. Druid . Day 49
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Astonished weren't you to notice how
thoughtlessly and/or belligerently people drive?
I still reel when I realize that
hurtle-&-brake and jack-rabbit starting, & the full-monty of
aggressive driving saves you, if at all, 75 seconds per ½ hour of
nutville rage-ridden more dangerous driving.
Let's get into some weeds here. The
devil and the eco-driver (the smart hypermiler) is in the details. I
am not an Xtreme Hypermiler. I don't draft off semis. Wayne Gerdis,
the perhaps mad Ty Cobb of Xtreme Hypermilers drafts off the Big
Trucks. Any momentum he has 'bought' with irreplaceable,
precious dead-dinosaur fuel, he will fight to use rather than waste.
Thus he takes freeway offramps at an horrific speed so as not to lose
the gained-momentum from the straightaway. (I do the opposite because
I'm so respectful of the car's underpinings.)
However, there are just being-alerts
that can make you smoother. Just like all other attention, you check
near, medium, far, high, low, peripheral. The light turns red, foot
off the gas for the Most Skillful Landing. Leave your one car length
between you & the car in front of you for the Most Skillful
Smart Landing is easier to gauge once
you have the trick than Smart Takeoff. Ideally, if we all left the
one-car's length between our vehicles at a stoplight, when the light
turns green, all of us could begin to gently roll at once.
Until that blessed day, you need to look at the car in front of the
car directly in front of you. When you see that car twitch, if
you're in an automatic, you can take your foot off the brake and
begin your smooth and gentle takeoff. This smooth takeoff is why you left the
extra room – so you don't have to wait til the car in front of you
gets far enough away to allow your start with enough room left to
stop again if you must.
It is thoughtful to pull over to the
more middle white-line of your lane so a car who's turning left, say,
has room to comfortably pass you while you're idly near a light. As I
drive toward a light I didn't see turn green, I have to decide if
it's a stale green. If I come around a corner and the light is red, I
notice if the turners in the turn lanes are still turning. I notice
if pedestrians are crossing. Collect details that will make you a yet
more skillful hypermiler.
Roll roll roll your car Gently down
the street, Merrily merrily merrily, Life is such a treat.
Notes: I was shocked this morning when I got the gasoline and with my good tire gauge discovered that all of my tires were significantly low in air. I had air at the 35 lb high end of my tires' range when I got my oil changed about 4 1/2 months ago. I have committed to check the air in my tires once a month now + forever.
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