Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tank #252 - 22 September 2K10

It's supposed to be like a thousand degrees outside today, so I sneaked
out of the office at 7:00 a.m. to refuel at the mighty Exxon of
Woodbridge. The car had gone 447.7 miles and I put in 11.345 gallons,
which made for a fuel economy of 39.46 miles per gallon, the highest so
far this year, and the first tank over 39 mpg since Labor Day weekend.

I believe this was due to several factors, someo fo which were byond my
control.

First, I checked the tire pressure and made sure they were all at 40
psi. They all were close to 40 but not quite. So harder tires = better
mileage. Second, I actively sought drafting and coasting opportunities,
and drove less than 70 mph on the highway. Third, traffic has been
surprisingly light over the past week, particularly on my way home.

There were two times (one on the way to and one on the way from fork)
that heave traffic caused me to drive slowly in stop-and-go conditions,
so I imagine that if those days had lighter traffic, my mileage would
have been even better.

This was my 34th tank this year. Last year, my 34th tank came on 2
November. But miles traveled over those 34 tanks is similar: 14,209 in
2009 and 14,394 this year. Cost is about 20% more.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tank 251 - 14 September 2K10

Refilled yesterday afternoon at the Wawa in "Central Park" with 11.910
gallons of gas, after going 446.2 miles on this tank. This made for
fuel economy of 37.46 mpg. And at 14 days between tanks, this was the
longest I went between fillups since 13 July, although this was most
likely due to the timing of the Labor Day weekend.

I have spent $993.36 on gas so far this year. Last year I spent $979.15
over the entire year.

Last year gas averaged $2.189/gallon, and this year it's averaging
$2.630/gallon, about a 20% increase in price. But I guess since it's
still less than $3.00 people haven't really noticed or something.