Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tank 138 - 26 November 2007 - The Big Sham!

So I refueled this Monday at the Fredericksburg Costco, purchasing
11.303 gallons at $2.869/gallon. Fuel economy was 37.83 mpg, which was
0.04 mpg below my average fuel economy for the year, but higher than my
overall average.

I went 427.6 miles on this tank. The sad part is that I purposefully
drove the minivan over the weekend to save the Mighty Corolla from
getting refueled, just so I could brag about going 16 days between
fill-ups, so I could say "a new record!!!"

Probably this record will be broken naturally in December, as I will be
taking several days off for Christmas which will lead to more days
between tanks.

So to sum up, I purposefully drove the fuel-inefficient minivan when I
should have driven the Corolla, just to say I went more days between

I now know the type of person that I am. Shallow and vain.

I pity myself.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tank 137 and Big News

Tank 137 was filled over a week ago, on 10 November. I had travelled
418.1 miles on 11.144 gallons, for fuel economy of 37.52 mpg. This is
the first tank to achieve less than the 2007 average fuel economy of
37.87 since September 5. How sad, but it was bound to happen.

I am only scheduled to work Monday and Tuesday this week, which likely
will leave the Mighty Corolla in the garage until after Thanksgiving.
If that happens, it'll be about 16 days between tanks-- a new record!!!

As we're getting towards the end of the year, I look forward to making
more historical comparisons to previous year statistics.

Loads of fun in store, to be sure!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Filled Tank but no Stats yet!!

Boy, is my face red. I filled up over the weekend, took all the data,
but have not calculated my fuel economy numbers yet!

I better get on the ball if I want to keep this tracking up.

Perhaps later today I will have an update.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Halfway Through Tank Update - 7 November 2007

No big news as I swept down past the half tank mark today at about 250

Traffic has been relatively light, but with an abnormally large number
of idiot drivers. I was driving 66 mph and got passed on the right by a
guy using the merge lane to get around me.

I hope he got there safely and on time, for taking that type of risk.

People are either made of money, don't care about their fuel economy, or
don't realize that their fuel economy can improve drastically if they
drive more smartly.

Idiot drivers stink!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Tank 136 - 1 November 2007

Managed only 38.49 mpg this tank. I travelled 406.1 miles on 10.552
gallons. Paid $2.599 per gallon, which is about 70 cents more per
gallon than this time last year. For 10 gallons, that's about $7.00
more per tank. So gas is costing about $30 more per month than last

Lots of traffic on my way home most days during this tank. Also lots of
weekend trolling around town running errands. So I ought to be happy
it's still over 38 mpg.

The window sticker for the Corolla when it was new showed 30 mpg city,
38 highway. So again, 38 mpg ought to be great considering there's
"some" city driving on the weekends.

Not much else. Pushed through 50,000 miles. My wife is sad, because at
this rate, I'll have gone through two cars as she's been stuck with the
green minivan all these years.

But if all goes well, the mighty Corolla will make it many many more
years without any trouble, and if we keep the minivan clean, we'll avoid
the expense of buying a new car for quite some time.