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Posted by bwilson4web on September 17, 2011, 12:53 am
So this evening I was headed home on the access road, 38 mph, when I
approached a pair of double-overpasses on the 50 mph limited access or
two stop lights. In my rear view mirror, I spotted the "type A" driver
who was about to give me an MPG boost.

Now the problem with the Parkway is the on-ramps lead to the base of
the overpasses. If one drives as expected, you are accelerating up a
grade . . . MPG death. But I knew my "type A" driver would give me

As I pulled on to the 'on ramp,' sure enough, the "type A" driver who
had run right up to my rear bumper pulled ahead and on my left up the
overpass. Once again, the "type A" had cut me off so I had no choice
but to climb the overpass in the far right lane at the most efficient
engine power point. . . . Amazing, we both reached the crest of the
overpass at nearly the same instant in time but my dear "type A" was
at least 10 mph faster.

Within a second or so, we were both on the down grade of the overpass
but now my left lane was clear . . . the "type A" was racing off. I
simple accelerated to the speed limit on the downgrade and pulled into
the lane behind the rapidly departing "type A." Yet we were both very
SMUG about our driving.

The "type A" had cut-off the Prius and so the Prius had climbed the
overpass in the most fuel efficient power range . . . serendipity!

My MPG indicator showed 59.2 MPG and that is 94% low. The true MPG is
62.75 and a "type A" will pay their ego price at the pump ... soon!

Bob Wilson

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on September 17, 2011, 2:30 am
In article

Are you saying you wouldn't have otherwise climbed the overpass in the
most fuel efficient power range?

If not, why not?  Why do you require someone else to force you to do
what's right?

Posted by News on September 17, 2011, 2:54 am
 On 9/16/2011 10:30 PM, Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

He's a classic type D personality.

Posted by bwilson4web on September 17, 2011, 6:07 am
It was almost as fun as driving at a speed that catches every light
green. Through out Huntsville there are multilane streets where
holding the right speed means every light turns green just as you
arrive. But there will inevitably the "Type A" driver who rushes to
the next light and brakes to a stop. Meanwhile, the light changes and
this Prius driver coasts right on through.

Even before I had a Prius, I practiced preventive braking. This means
slowing the car with early braking and coasting up to a red light. You
"win" against Entropy every time the light changes and you don't have
to come to a complete stop. But a "Type A" driver makes it more fun
when you glide by them because they were in such a pretentious rush to
stop at the next red light. Of course, my style of driving is what
Jesus would do:

"So the last will be first, and the first will be last." - Matthew

Bob Wilson

Posted by News on September 17, 2011, 11:38 am
 On 9/17/2011 2:07 AM, bwilson4web wrote:

Are you the exception or is everyone in HV a pious sanctimonious fraud?

Your 'WWJD' reference is purely a gratuitous throwaway in this "context".

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