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Posted by liu on September 11, 2011, 10:30 pm
 
I'm a new driver of Prius and I try my best to balance between MPG and traf=
fic condition. This lady driving a Prius before me I encountered the other =
day was over the edge. She kept driving at 39 to 40 mph in a busy 50MPH spe=
ed limit road. In a down hill road, it was pretty easy to go over 50MPH. Wi=
th her insistence to maintain a most economic driving speed for her, she su=
ccessfully made the others burn more gas and form a long line behind her. I=
 was glad the road turned 2 lanes after 5 miles.

In situations like this, I usually would drive at or close to the speed lim=
it even I know it would use more gas.

What do yo think?


Posted by totfit on September 12, 2011, 12:37 am
 
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condition. This lady driving a Prius before me I encountered the other day was
over the edge. She kept driving at 39 to 40 mph in a busy 50MPH speed limit
road. In a down hill road, it was pretty easy to go over 50MPH. With her
insistence to maintain a most economic driving speed for her, she successfully
made the others burn more gas and form a long line behind her. I was glad the
road turned 2 lanes after 5 miles.


even I know it would use more gas.

If she were going down hill at the speed limit she would likely burn
no more gas that she was at 39 to 40 or not a measurable amont. On the
other side of the coin her driving that speed limit was saving gas for
those following her, not making them burn more as you stated. I
typically always drive right at the speed limit. I do think most
drivers on the road today do need to realize that a speed limit is a
maximum and not a minimum. :)

Posted by Daniel who wants to know on September 12, 2011, 3:57 am
 

I 100% guarantee that at least 1 was burning more and not less, why you may
ask? Because some people are incapable of coasting. There had to have been
at least one in that wolf pack behind her that was repeatedly speeding up
till they got too close then hitting their brakes to slow back down.  All
those behind this person would likely be affected too.  I see it all the
time around here.

People don't get that hitting the brakes is equivalent to dumping a little
fuel on the ground and lighting it just to watch it burn.

Prius drivers SHOULD NOT try to be speed limit enforcers, let the cops do
their jobs.  Drive for MPG when you can, be courteous when you can't.

I don't have a Prius yet but traffic permitting I will cruise at 54-59 on
the highway then about 1.5 miles before my turn I will slowly (IE without
making the torque converter clutch unlock) speed up to 62-65 then coast to
my turn.  My current car ('97 Lumina 3.1) will only do closed throttle
deceleration fuel cut mode at 53MPH or above when in 4th gear.

If there is a car close behind me I will slow down much later and leave my
lane when possible to let them by me, so to the opposing lane with no cars
coming or to the gravel shoulder depending on the direction of the turn.  I
especially do this when it is a tractor-trailer rig (Semi) as any fuel I
would have saved would be used many times over by him having to slow down
and speed back up, especially if it involved any gear changes.



Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on September 12, 2011, 9:41 am
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You focus on the fact that she drives a Prius, as if somehow she's a
"typical asshat Prius driver trying to save gas"--when in fact she may
just be a slower driver.

You DO know that 50mph is the LIMIT, and is not the MINIMUM.  If she's
driving 40, so what?  She's under the LIMIT.  If she's driving 40 and is
in the right lane, then what's the big deal?


If she was in a Prius on a downhill and was not feathering the throttle
to keep the system in a neutral state, neither using nor generating
power, AND she was not going 50, then she was not driving in such a way
to save gas.  She was just...driving in a manner that was comfortable
for her.

Take the "Prius to save gas" aspect away from all of this.  You just ran
into a driver that drives slowly.




How do you know she was doing this to save gas?  You made a HUGE
assumption here.

Posted by Al Falfa on September 12, 2011, 12:16 pm
 "liu"  wrote in message

I'm a new driver of Prius and I try my best to balance between MPG and
traffic condition. This lady driving a Prius before me I encountered the
other day was over the edge. She kept driving at 39 to 40 mph in a busy
50MPH speed limit road. In a down hill road, it was pretty easy to go over
50MPH. With her insistence to maintain a most economic driving speed for
her, she successfully made the others burn more gas and form a long line
behind her. I was glad the road turned 2 lanes after 5 miles.

In situations like this, I usually would drive at or close to the speed
limit even I know it would use more gas.

What do yo think?

I think your assumption that those behind her are burning more gas is
incorrect.  Fuel economy is inversely proportional to speed, as you
acknowledge in your second-to-last paragraph.  I drive the speed limit on
two lane highways but I sometimes drive below the speed limit on 4 lane
highways simply because a passing lane is present for those who choose to
waste their money.  What makes you think she was driving slowly to maximize
her fuel economy?  Isn't that a stretch too?




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