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.