July 1, 2012


Roz goes hypermiling

I love this. I just spoke to my sister. She announced that on her trip to our cottage yesterday, she decided to put some of my newfound hypermiling tricks to the test. The result?

"I've never made it to the cottage and back on one tank of gas. I did. And I was waaay calmer. It's weird."

My final piece doesn't run until Friday in the Globe & Mail, but I call this form of driving a mix of math, physics and psychology. Roz found out why, before the piece was even published. I think this is cool; I know my sister. Like me, she's never going to be at the head of a long string of frustrated traffic. She's a great driver, and very road aware. If she can run this experiment (WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE OR ASKING ME IN ADVANCE FOR MY ADVICE)  and find a big difference, it gets more interesting, to me at least. She did this the same way a reader might, just from the stuff I've published in the ongoing blog I posted.

Those blogs were written from the road on an iPad, with uneven wifi and very late at night. We were hitting the road at 6am (sometimes 5) and frequently not landing until 10 or 11pm. It was tough. Readers were getting on me about some errors (yes, I mixed up Medicine Hat with Winnipeg; that's kinda a big goof), and leaving out some information. The thing is, this whole experiment has to be taken as a whole, and I was relaying what I was living, as each day went by. By the end of the two weeks, things were different. The blogs were a true reflection of what happened, as it happened.

We were not the crazymaking hypermilers who usually make the news. John and Helen Taylor do this all over the world, and not just to make headlines. They work with manufacturers, governments and businesses to cut costs and create safer drivers. I'd say that was a lovely mythic line, expect, it's true. They can do this, and have. As we speak, they're doing an Australian trek with a Jaguar. Doesn't matter what they're driving; this skill set can be transferred to anything.

Even Roz's RAV 4.

I have to tell the Taylor's about their newest convert. They'll be so proud.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous buzzwhack said...

I did hypermiling when visiting Kingston several times. It gets to be fun if you're in the right mind set. HINT...don't even start to hyper mile until you've cleared Bowmanville. It doesn't work.
Best time I had was going from Kingston to Georgetown with my Irish Setter in passenger seat. He wore a seat belt. The triple take on the OPP cop's face was priceless!It looked like the dog was driving the car.

July 01, 2012 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Roz said...

We went up Hwy 400 leaving Toronto on Saturday @ noon on a long weekend = 4 hours of stop & go to Barrie. Yuck. Barrie is the approx. halfway mark of this trip.

I tried it as an experiment and was really surprised by the result. Now I need to really listen to her to find out how it works and try more of their tips. The biggest benefit was the calmness of the drive (except when I yelled at my husband for being useless at reading a map).

July 02, 2012 10:51 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Yes but Roz... if it takes 4 hours to get to Barrie there really is no excuse for not being able to figure out a map. So you're excused.

If we all went to standard transmissions we'd save 2.8 trillion barrels of oil a year.

Ok I may have made that up. But it's on the internet (now) so it must be true. I know I've said it before... but in Europe 95% of all cars are standard. Even most Mercedes (except for the monster barges) are. It would save SO much gas.

July 03, 2012 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love driving standard and would go back in a heartbeat but had a lot of trouble finding any in my search for a new car. Finally pulled the trigger and bought the Lexus RX350. Its a 2009 and I love it. I would have gone with the Rav4 but they were on the same lot and once I drove the RX, there was no going back. Can't wait to find the time to read all of the hypermiling stuff and give it a try!

July 03, 2012 10:22 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

The new Civic Si is actually only available in standard, which was nice. It's a sporty car, and they decided to leave it that way.

Standards are cheaper to buy, cheaper to fix and use less gas if you drive properly. I think we'll see a return to them - dealers will tell you your resale will take a hit with a standard, but I'm bugging people to learn so they can buy a used car whether it's a stick or not.

It's a skill everyone should have. You never know when you'll be called upon to drive a tractor.

You just never know.

July 03, 2012 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Roz said...

My boo boo. Whole trip (one way) was four hours. Yelled at him as we were looking for alternates to the 400 as we heard it was a parking lt. And yes, we don't have GPS.

July 03, 2012 10:44 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

"And yes, we don't have GPS"????? No wonder your husband couldn't read the map. He had no idea what you were saying.

Lorraine's English teacher just rolled over in his/her/its grave.

July 03, 2012 4:18 PM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Yes,we have no bananas. We have-a no bananas today!

Thank You, Thank You very much.

Shows at 8 and 11.

July 03, 2012 4:42 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

"Tractor Hypermiling across Canada cancelled due to lack of drivers!" Video at eleven.

It could happen.

July 03, 2012 4:49 PM  

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