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The Wind Factor

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Posted by Doug on September 30, 2005, 1:37 am
After driving a Prius for over a month, today was the first day that I
drove in significant wind resistance. My MPG really took a hit driving
into the wind but on my way home the wind at my back gave me an extra 5
MPG easily. I felt like I was gliding on air while driving with the

Posted by Jean B. on September 30, 2005, 2:34 am
Doug wrote:

You too?  My MPG were really bad, and I wondered whether the
strong winds had something to do with it.  Oh well, still
better than it would have been in my other car--by far....

Jean B.

Posted by Bill on September 30, 2005, 3:29 am

It's often windy where I live and yes, it is a huge factor.


Posted by Michael Pardee on September 30, 2005, 3:45 am
I think the efficiency of the Prius takes it into the range where lesser
effects (like winds) start to show up. I've had a lot of cars that seemed to
get about the same mileage in hot weather as in cold.


Posted by dbs__usenet on September 30, 2005, 6:03 pm
I've noticed this too.  Another thing that kills milage is driving in
rain storms.  I ran from Oregon to SF in driving rain and had my worst
ever milage.  It would have been worse in my pickup.  :)

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