Hybrid Car – More Fun with Less Gas

Small Town Efficiency

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Posted by John Ahlstrom on July 21, 2006, 12:02 am

I live in a small town - 1 mile wide 5 miles long.
It has 4 traffic lights and lots of stop signs.
We make somewhat less than 1 trip each day
through 4 stop signs and 3 traffic lights to town.

We also make 2 trips a week on the interstate
25 to 40 miles to a nearby city where we drive
around for an hour doing various errands and then
drive back.

We also make 2 to 4 500 mile round trip vacation
trips each year.

Will we and the environment get any benefit
from a hybrid?  Does anyone have any thoughts
or better yet experience with this kind of driving?

John Ahlstrom

Smart is thinking you are right.
Wise is knowing you might be wrong.

Posted by Bill on July 21, 2006, 2:59 am

Hi John,

You probably aren't going to get 50 mpg will all these short trips however
you will burn less gas than almost any other car since the short trips eat
their gas as well.  I take a 3-mile trip to town every other day and get a
mere 35 - 38 mpg on those trips.  On those 500 mile trips, however, if you
drive 55 expect better than 50 mpg.  My other car is a Ford Explorer.  The
Prius is much more fun to drive and will use $4,000 less gas in 100K miles
at $.68/gallon, not to mention how much less it will pollute our air.

Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on July 21, 2006, 7:14 am

That's because of the added weight. Gotta lay off those donuts, Bill ;)

Posted by Bill on July 21, 2006, 3:39 pm

Right, that and the beer.  :-)

Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on July 21, 2006, 8:54 pm

OK, that's all I needed to here. Pull over. License and registration please.

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