"Should've Been A Cowboy"

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Fuel Test Results Are In

last friday i blogged about driving slower to save gas, and the verdict is in. after 307 miles of not driving more than 63 mph on the highway. i am happy to inform you that my gas milage improved about 5 miles per gallon. over the last 307 miles my car go 35.16 mpg. this is compared to the 29-31 mpg i would normally get driving 70-80 mph on a regular basis.

so here is some math for ya. since i use about 50 gallons of gas per month. driving slower allows me to drive 250 miles further. by driving 250 miles further on the same amount of gas i will save 7 gallons of gas per month which at this moment is equivalent to $21. multiply that by 12 and you have a savins of $252 per year!

on the flip side of things, driving slower means it will take longer for me to get from point "a" to point "b". how much longer you ask? lets find out.

if my trip from point "a" to point "b" is 25 miles, which most of my trips are. driving at a rate of 75 mph will get me to point "b" in 20 minutes. if i drive at a rate of 63 mph it will take me 24 minutes. that leaves me with my final question. is leaving 4 minutes earlier for most of my trips worth $252 dollars a year? my answer is yes. what's yours?


At 9/07/2005 7:56 AM, Blogger Babs said...


At 9/07/2005 8:01 AM, Anonymous faith said...

wow...J-lay, you number cruncher you! This is wonderful!


At 9/07/2005 10:28 AM, Blogger linz said...

I totally saw a math problem coming and completely skipped the last part of your blog. TOO MANY NUMBERS!!! K its off to Algebra for me, thanks for the prep.

At 9/07/2005 11:38 AM, Blogger kerri said...

nerd alert nerd alert!

At 9/07/2005 6:41 PM, Blogger wewilleatyou said...

DUUUUUUDE! WHAT UP WITH THE MATH PROBLEMS! Seriously man... do not bring this up at a bar. It is bad enough that all of us BLOG but to figure out an equation for gas mileage That is crossing the line.


At 9/07/2005 10:21 PM, Blogger j-lay said...

at least i did the math for you.

At 9/07/2005 10:29 PM, Anonymous faith said...

I'm glad you did the math...I'm glad there are people like you to do it!

Shameless self promotion...I have a new blog!

At 9/08/2005 1:20 PM, Blogger Jess said...

but an impressive experiment nonetheless!!


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