Re: Drivers your mileage will vary
"transport truck & bus" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Drivers are complaining that their real-world fuel economy doesn't
> match up with the official estimate given by the Environmental
> Protection Agency (EPA)...
> So why doesn't the car or truck you drive to and from work every day
> get the same fuel economy the government, the manufacturer, and us
> trusted legions of automotive journalists seem to promise it will?...
> The answer is as simple as it is ultimately complex. New vehicles, as
> tested for their energy consumption, are never actually driven
> anywhere, much less to and from work, and their fuel economy ratings
> are not ultimately based on how much fuel they consume...
And, even if they WERE driven anywhere to judge the fuel consumption rates,
they would roll on the gas very slowly, and stop feeding gas at every
opportunity. As they approach a red light or a known stop sign, they will
coast to the limit line as much as is reasonably possible. Most people that
complain about fuel mileage have a very heavy foot on the gas, and a very
late foot on the brakes. I see people on the freeway that don't even lift
off the gas when they see traffic slowing ahead, they drive into the traffic
until the very last second, then mash the brakes. As I am observing this
behavior, I have lifted my foot off the gas in anticipation of the impending
stop, then by the time I get there, the traffic begins flowing again and I
might not even need to use the brake, and I use less gas in the process.