Originally Posted by PaulBennett
Gas mileage is a brain thing - mostly based on your driving habits. Such as seeing a red light ahead and lifting or staying on the gas until you get there. Getting to speed and lifting ever so lightly without reducing speed helps loads. Driving 3 mph less than needed to get where you go adds up. When moving off, accelerating, picture an egg under your foot and applying just enough pressure to stay with traffic without breaking the egg. Not varying throttle pressure but staying absolutely constant with very few corrections. Etc etc etc. I learned these habits many moons ago when they had vaccuum operated mpg gauges. It'* basically a tradeoff between performance and economy and performance isn't needed when commuting or shopping. I always get gobs better mileage (and much longer brake life) than those around me.
I agree. This is how I drive our Trailblazer, as the difference between driving like this in the city or driving like I normally do means we get 16-17mpg rather than 13-14mpg.
Now my bonneville on the other hand, I do not drive conservatively at all, except for the coasting part, as I am not a person that likes to slam on my brakes. Now I don't drive like I am racing from light to light, but I don't drive the way mentioned above either. How I am averaging just over 24mpg continues to boggle my mind each day. With that average over the last 1100 miles I would say it has been 70% city and 30% hwy
I have noticed that with these cars driving them easy or driving them like I normally would only means what seems like a very minimal change in gas mileage, at least on my car. The 3800 motors just keep surprising me with how great the mileage is. If I was driving this car like I do the trailblazer, I bet I could squeeze a little more yet out of her.
Going to be driving up to orlando in two weeks so I will reset my average and see what she does on a long interstate trip. I'm hoping to average 30+..we shall see