Week of June 26 to July 2 (Nat’l Avg $2.262)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome back to the grind :D

    The national average gas price has dropped 3.1¢ since last week to $2.262 - this time last year it was $2.308 so it's now 1.4% (-3.1¢) cheaper.
    Diesel is also down at $2.453 (-0.8¢). It's now only 3.3% (+7.9¢) more expensive than this time last year. Diesel is at an increasing 8.4% premium to regular.


    This morning to work, 2UP, 56°F, 4mph headwind WNW, needed detour to miss out most of queue to traffic light section again:

    47.0 / 22.9

    Tank steady at 46.7 (FCD 49.2) / 413.4 / Range 240 . Guess gauge F____|_«««E . UG up 0.2 at 45.8 / DTE182

    Lost 4th pip @ 434 miles
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Thanks for starting our engines again , Gord. Do you use a remote starter ? It's very handy when you want to leave the car idling with A/C on for 30 minutes , lol. Today , 52 deg F , wind W4. Struggled a bit to find my groove this morning. 35.1 miles , 66.22 MPG. Didn't really document my weekend driving , but it was overall 77-ish (fcd). Tank is now at 537.2 miles , 69.38 MPG (adjusted).
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  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I had jury duty this morning. I was not selected, so then drove to work.

    51.5 / 7.4 - home to courthouse
    50.1 / 4.6 - to work

    Tank sits at 46.1 / 478 mi.
  4. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    Andrew sorry to hear about the issue with the Oddy. Good to hear you were able to get a good deal on a New to you one.

    Well, that has been a long 2 weeks. Tuesday we really got after the boxing and packing. Wed it got hot and humid (86F with the index of around 100F) and we got the truck. Penske International 26 foot box truck with the Diesel engine, with 50 Gal tank, pulling a full car carrier. Starting off by going to to the storage shed and pickup up all the stuff from there. Then back to the house where we had to rearrange and then start repacking the truck all the way to the top. Thursday more of the same and with a few hours of help from a brother at church help get most things in the truck. Signed the paper work for the house in MO on Thursday morning.
    Slept on the floor Thursday night with the family and watch a Sever Tstorm blow through at 11 PM because there were no curtain on the windows. We finished loading the last few things Friday morning. The Fit was full, my dad's dodge ram bed was full and the trailer he was pulling. We pulled out about 8:15 AM.
    The truck was not all that powerful to begin with, but once the house contents were in it it was not responsive at all (and towing the full Fit). It struggled getting up the smallest of hills. In the Boston Mnts just south of Fayetteville AR I would run it up to 70 MPH (that was the governed speed) to hit the bottom with as much momentum as possible. Then almost floor it it all the way up and watch the speed just drop and drop. I think one of the accents it got down to 30 MPH. I used flashers as soon as it hit 50 MPH. On the flat it was easy to keep it to 65 MPH. There was even cruise control on this. My wife had to get a travelers check as that is what they wanted at closing. When she got to Conway there was an accident just before the exit and she had been in traffic for 20 minutes. We were about 15 minutes behind as we had stopped for lunch before. At that time it was sitting about 1/4 tank left and I was not sure that I would make it to Searcy on the one tank and we were on a dead line to sign the paper work at 3 PM. This was about 2:15 PM now in Conway. However, they had cleaned the wreck off and traffic was still going at about 25 MPH. Took 4 turns in lights to go about 100 feet off the interstate at Conway. Finally got going out of Conway and when I got to Beebee, the lower fuel light buzzed at me and we were in the red part. Stressed out, I figured I would just keep going to make it there. I finally got there at 3:30 PM. We signed the paper work in about 15 minutes and headed straight to the house. there are some hills to the house so it was in 1st gear sucking down the juice. More stress, then trying to back up the truck in the drive way on a hill with the car carrier. It was looking very grim. We got the car off and moved the trailer out of the way. My Dad got his trailer stick in the culvert and his 2wd ram just spun the tires:rolleyes:. Have to fix that now. We unloaded in 89F and felt like 102F for the next 2 days. it was sweaty. Drove the truck and filled it up with 39 gals or so. So it had 10+ gals still in it, turkey.
    392 miles / 39.675 gals = 9.88 MPG. My dad only got 17 MPG in his truck.
    The Fit has only been moved to get on or off a trailer and then backed in to a parking spot. It has not moved in 1 week. I got the plates and registration for it though as the Missouri plats expired at this end of this month anyway.

    well boxes are still everywhere, but we are slowly getting things in their places. I may not have much to add to the daily grind anymore as I will be working from home. But I will need to take the car out occasionally to keep everything flowing and use the gas and charge the battery. Although I will prob need to add some fuel stabilizer to the gas and through the battery minder on it. Now would be a good time to get a BEV. But all cashed out for now.

    Jason the weary.
  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Jason the get-some-rest. Good to hear from you on the other side. We went camping in those troublesome hills last month. Beautiful country.
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  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Glad your move happened without too much drama , Jason. Today , 50 deg F , wind SSW1. 35.1 miles , 65.75 MPG. Tank is at 606.1 miles , two pips remaining , 69.47 MPG. Probably no PR this time. But I might be able to squeeze three more one-way trips out of this tank to pass 700 miles again.
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  7. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    54.3 / 5.2 - home last night, coolant starting at 100F
    60.1 / 5.2 - work this morning

    Tank is +0.2 to 46.3 / 489 mi.
  8. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Glad your house move went well Jason. It's nearly 23 years since I last moved house but I still remember it well!

    Monday evening, 2UP, usual queue to motorway (with an down and up the junction), 67°F, 6mph headwind E:

    45.6 / 22.4

    Tuesday morning, 2UP, 55°F, 8mph tail/crosswind ESE:

    48.2 / 22.7

    Motorway route again last night with usual queue, 2UP, 58°F, 9mph head/crosswind ENE:

    46.1 / 22.4

    This morning, car pooler's daughter on board so 3UP, 54°F, heavy rain - lots of standing water, slow and avoided traffic light section queue with a detour again, 9mph tail/crosswind NE:

    44.2 / 23.1

    Tank down 0.2 at 46.5 (FCD 49.0) / 526.9 / Range 85 . Guess gauge F____|__««E . UG up 0.1 at 45.9 / DTE93

    Lost 6th pip @ 506 miles, first time over 500 miles since last October :D
  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 60.5 deg F , wind SSE10. 35.0 miles , 67.98 MPG. Tank is at 675.4 miles , 69.38 MPG. Last pip started flashing at 656 miles. Last tank I drove 51 miles after that happened. This tank the fcd is a little lower , but I should have no problem getting over 700 miles again. But we are expecting thunderstorms later today. :(
  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I'm trying to drag this one up after a week of mixed use with the whole family.

    52.7 / 5.3 - home
    58.1 / 5.1 - work

    Tank is up 0.2 to 46.5 / 512 mi. Below 1/4.
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  11. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    OK numbers in the truck. Around 7.6mpg today with a 40k load. It was mostly a straight shot up I95, but D.C. traffic made it suffer. Previous two days were 8.6 and 8.9mpg.

    Also saw my first Civic Type R on the road. That styling is a train wreck.
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  12. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 69.5 deg F , wind SSW7. Short non-highway trip here , 16.2 miles , 78.21 MPG. Filled up this morning at a different Shell. 699.8 miles , 9.904 gallons , $2.399/gallon , 70.66 MPG. Tank is at 9.7 miles , 92.9 MPG (maxed out at 99.9 on fcd). about 43 miles driven after last pip started flashing.
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  13. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Great tank Edwin :cool: - so close to 700 miles....

    Motorway route again last night with usual queue, 2UP, heavy rain and traffic hampered my FE, cool 50°F, 12mph crosswind N:

    42.0 / 22.4

    This morning, 2UP, 52°F, still raining, even bigger queue approaching traffic light section so detour again, 7mph head/crosswind WNW:

    45.3 / 22.9

    Tank down 0.2 at 46.3 (FCD 48.8) / 572.2 / Range 40 . Guess gauge F____|___«E . UG down 0.1 at 45.8 / DTE46

    LFL @ 554 miles
  14. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Edwin, I would have circled the block for that extra 0.2 miles. :p

    55.1 / 5.2 - home last night
    70.6 / 5.2 - work this morning :D

    Tank is up 0.2 to 46.7 / 522 mi, about 1/8 full.
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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Andrew, I'm not a newbie to the 700 Club , lol. If I had an accurate handle on how much useable fuel is really left when the last pip starts to flash, I might get an 800 mile tank some day , if my commute stays the same.
    Longest tank so far was the one before this , at 732 miles.
    But for now , I'll take as many 700-ish tanks as I can get.
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  16. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Well I rejoined the 600 mile club this morning :) - 700 appears to be out of reach!

    Nearly made it to motorway last night but it was at a standstill so just managed to avoid it and take a (pretty rubbish) longer detour, 2UP, 58°F, 5mph tailwind W:

    38.5 / 23.7 (These numbers have now been adjusted down by 8.21% since tank fill results)

    This morning, great run, 2UP, 62°F, went through traffic light section as hardly any queue, 4mph cross/headwind NNW. Dropped car pooler off near work and went to fill up:

    51.2 / 22.5 - FCD was actually showing 66.6 mpgUK - a devilish drive :p


    Tank Stats

    Miles on tank: 618.4 miles
    GallsUS: 13.737
    Calc. MPG : 45.02 MPG
    Calc. Range: -7.3 miles (allowing for extra in tank)
    FCD Range: 0 miles - flashing for 12.5 miles :rolleyes:
    FCD MPG : 48.71 MPG (8.21% over-report) :(
    UG MPG : 45.74 MPG (1.60% over-report)
    No. of trips: 37
    Average trip length: 16.7
    Average speed 27mph
    Driving time on tank: 22hrs 54mins
    Days since last fill: 24
    Commuting: 69.5%
    Ave. Temperature: 61.9°F
    Ave. no. of people in car: 2.21
    Pmpg for the tank: 99.6

    Average over-report is back up to 5.59% so I'll use this for next tank.

    0.1 miles to work - no meaningful stats!
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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    weather.com isn't working on my computer today. But my car says it's 66 deg F. Humid , slightly wet roads from last night's rain. 35.0 miles , 67.52 MPG. Tank is at 79.4 miles , 70.21 MPG. Scenic route home tonight. :)
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  18. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Trailering from work last night.

    32.2 mpg / 2.1 mi - to church, load up a heaping trailer full of branches and sticks from a tree that fell. I had to use straps to keep it all in.

    37 / 5.4 - home. I'll dump the trailer load on my brush pile and burn it later.

    66.2 / 5.1 - work this morning, 81 degrees!

    Tank is nearly empty with 46.8 / 545 mi.
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  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today . 64.5 deg F , wind W4. 35.0 miles , 69.1 MPG. It's very improbable for me to get a 70 MPG inbound (mostly)highway commute. But 69 MPG beats the heck out of a 48 MPG trip , like some of them in the winter. Tank is at 149.5 miles , 71.33 MPG. After work today , I have a date with Kelly. Taking her to Metal Monkey. She doesn't drink , but she will love the atmosphere there. Later on in the evening , I have a date with Janet. Both of these are platonic (wink). So.......a lot of driving for Edwin today. I will document all those miles that I drive after work today in Trip B to see what I get. There will be highway. Sunday will be a bicycle day.
  20. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Nasty big loads and trawling through ever-present DC traffic several times the last few days has made for unimpressive numbers, both in terms of MPG and pay rate (I basically worked for less than minimum wage yesterday). Tomorrow won't be much better as I'm running Schenectady-Pittsfield, MA-NYC suburbs.

    After that though, I have what shows to be a very light load west to central MI, so hopefully my numbers (and pay) will rise again.
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