Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jan 1, 2020.
Back in the Fit, still raining.
45.7 mpg / 11.4 mi.
Today , a weather trifecta. 35 deg F in Naperville , Wood Dale , and Toronto.
Roads were a bit slushy from last night's snow , but rain was working on melting it.
In other words …..cold, wet,slush , headwind. Another beautiful spring day in Northern IL.
35.1 miles , 53.9 MPG. Tank is at 409.1 miles , 146 remaining , 55.3 MPG.
Rain here too. Rain even put lots of Australian fires out. Isn't January wonderful!
P.S. Weather is dramatically changing. Balmy warm temperatures with a breeze. Rain, followed by sun, followed by clouds scurrying across the sky, more sun & now, a heavy weather system is moving in. Earlier, I went for a drive, while my wife took the dog for a walk. My drive was excellent with parting clouds & sun beams. My wife's walk.... not so good. She got wet.
P.S. II.....Yesterday (Saturday), Seattle was predicted to get sunshine. & they got sunshine. But, I wasn't in Seattle, King County. I was in Snohomish County. & we got rain all day. Just funny, that way.
Today , calm , dry roads. 30 deg F in Naperville , 29 in Wood Dale , and 35 in Toronto.
I like the commute to work from GF's house. 23.3 miles , ave speed 28. I had
plenty of stretches that I could have had heat on , but it wasn't that cold. 62.9 MPG.
My turn for the commute this week, car pooler's youngest daughter has got a job at one of the sister companies in the group so 3UP and an extra drop off this morning, 42°F, head/crosswind SW10:
44.0 / 22.6
Tank up 0.1 at 42.7 (FCD 45.0) / 398.0 / Range 185 . Guess gauge F___|_«««E . UG up 0.2 at 44.3 / DTE 200
Lost 5th pip (of 8) @ 398 miles
Excellent. Congrats to the young woman.
50.2 / 11.4 this morning
51.5 / 10.1 round trip at lunch to the feed store. +300lb on the back half
Tank sits at 46.9 / 279 mi.
Today , 32 deg F all over the world. A tiny bit of north wind ( headwind for the last 15 miles of my commute.
35.1 miles , 58.9 MPG. Tank is at 93.2 , 509 remaining , 61.0 MPG.
I filled up at a Mobile in Bolingbrook Sunday. 536.8 miles , fcd = 58.2 x .956 = 55.6 MPG.
I'll bet the Fit glides nicely with that 300 lbs.
Thanks Bill, her first day went well just a lot for her to take in!!!
Going home, 3UP, detour #8, busy as usual, 42°F, crosswind S7:
39.1 / 23.1
To work, 3UP, motorway route, 37°F, some cars were covered in snow, breezy headwind S12:
Tank down 0.1 at 42.6 (FCD 44.8) / 264.7 / Range 350 . Guess gauge F____|_«««E . UG steady at 44.3 / DTE 155
It rides smoother, glides longer. Steering is a little lighter because it's all at the back end. And takes more power to get rolling - no 2nd gear starts even downhill.
And today I have to take some of it back. They gave me 2 (50 lb) bags of the wrong stuff. Same bag, just a different tag at the bottom.
Raining this morning. 44.6 mpg to work.
I wasn't aware that you sometimes start in 2nd gear ! I do remember , many decades ago , being a passenger
in an air-cooled VW Beetle , with the super-low 1st gear. The owner of the car NEVER used 1st gear.
Is there a pretty fine line as to how much to rev it and how fast to release the clutch ? I have mucho experience
with Honda manuals , but I always started in 1st.
I sometimes do if it's a downhill start. Saves a little wasted time shifting 1-2. When I do use 1st it's for 2 seconds maybe. Basically just to get the thing moving, then get into 2nd which has more overhead.
Outside of rare experimenting, I seldom used 2nd gear start. Now, that I have used & taller tires, I use 2nd gear start even less. At times, if I have a descent ahead of me, I'll start in 2nd gear, & shift to 5th high gear to save shifting.
Second-gear starts tend to be hard on clutches. I sometimes skipped 4th in the Mazda in town, since 3rd was ample to reach city speeds without spinning the engine very fast, and 5th was good to maintain them.
I like 1-3-5 shifting in our Hyundai Accent, too. With downhills, sometimes will shift our Hyundai 6spd. Elantra, 1-3-6. If our Elantra had more low rpm torque, Hyundai could have gotten by with a 5spd manual tranny & spread the gear ratios more. The only reasons for 6speeds was for EPA MPG, advertising & leadfooters that just gotta accelerate fast.
Today , 31deg F in Naperville , 30 in Wood Dale , and 23 in Toronto.
35.1 miles , 59.3 MPG.
Tank is at 162.2 miles , 441 remaining , 60.9 MPG.
My final drive ratio is short, so all my gears are short. Around town I'm in 5th from 30mph on up, and just to maintain speed I'll use 5th as low as 20.
For a downhill 2nd start I let it roll a foot or two before engaging gears, so it's not a full zero start.
46 mpg this morning, 45F and misty.
Tank is right on 1/2 and 46.8 mpg.
Not doing very well at the moment......
Going home, 3UP, detour #2, even busier than normal - way too much crawling and stop/start, 39°F, crosswind S7:
37.1 / 20.4
To work, 3UP, motorway route, 38°F, stronger headwind W15 gusting to 26mph didn't help :
42.6 / 22.7
Tank down 0.3 at 42.3 (FCD 44.5) / 487.0 / Range 70 . Guess gauge F____|__««E . UG down 0.1 at 44.2 / DTE 110
Lost 6th pip (of 8) at 447 miles
We may have had this conversation previously. Same thing with me. Instead of the expense of re-gearing my tranny, I have 8% taller tires. Its not as good as a re-gearing, but its a good help. Highway rpms are lower, handling is better, bumps are smoother & deep potholes are more survivable! On average, my MPG has gone UP with the taller tires. All in all, my smaller cars w/taller tires feel that they more readily belong on the highway.
Today 32 deg F in Naperville , 30 in Wood Dale , and 23 in Toronto.
Wait...…….. aren't those temps the same as yesterday's ?
35.1 miles , 59.1 MPG.
Tank is at 229.8 miles , 369 remaining , 61.5 MPG.
I usually don't document my afternoon commutes because , uh , I'm lazy.
But they have been propping up my tanks , because I only take the highway route home about once a week.
Yesterday was a good one , it's been a while since I saw a 70 (fcd) trip.
32.4 miles , fcd = 70.5 x .956 = 67.4 MPG.
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