Excuse the crappy cell phone photography, but check it out!
My mileage from my morning commute, on my first day of hypermiling.
Last night it was 30.9 MPG. Now that probably covers the period of time since the car has been born, since I’ve NEVER felt compelled to monitor my car’s performance in any way. I’m not the Colonel, who keeps a little notebook and pencil in the glove compartment and meticulously keeps records of fill-ups and mileage.
And it probably encompasses all kinds of driving – highway, in-town, running-late-to-work, drag racing down I-495 at 3am, etc. But it represents sort of a cumulative standard of the mileage I was getting when I wasn’t paying any attention, nor did I care.
So last night, I reset to zero.
And, so far, just by driving more intentionally, I’ve improved my gas mileage by almost 5 mpg.
At one point on the drive, I was up to 36.1 MPG (!), but then I entered the village of Bedford, MA and encountered stop-and-go traffic, garbage trucks and school crossing guards. So part of this will always be beyond my control.
Still, an interesting experiment, even if it’s not at ALL scientific. 🙂