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Little car milage question to get the cogs turning this cold morning

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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
Im going to shrewsbury today and i have two choices i can take the normal roads that are 73miles or the motorway which is 83 miles. Which one will be better on fuel?

thanks :)
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Probably wouldn't be much in it as it's around 15% further but I'd go motorway for shorter time anyway. 83 miles on A roads will be quite tiring. Motorway would be better on fuel consumption I would have thought but not by much. Depends on car and engine size and fuel.

Edited By: greg_68 on Aug 18, 2010 08:37: .
#2
Motorway if you can bare to drive sensibly... Get up to 5th and sit at a little over idling revs (I doubt you'll be doing more than 55mph though)...

You and everyone around you will be insane by the time you get there though.
#3
I have a 1.0 toyota yaris that does an average of 43mpg
#4
which bit is low? the 1.0 or the 43mpg? :) lol
banned#5
whatsThePoint
golemsmate
I have a 1.0 toyota yaris that does an average of 43mpg


why so low, get it fixed!

too right - should be getting 55-60mpg unless its all urban short journeys
#6
Motorway is easily the more economical (as long as you drive sensibly).

Take up the Clarkson challenge (where he drove London-Edinburgh-London on one tank) - stick in a fiver and see if you can do it :-p
#7
csiman
whatsThePoint
golemsmate
I have a 1.0 toyota yaris that does an average of 43mpg


why so low, get it fixed!

too right - should be getting 55-60mpg unless its all urban short journeys


its my mums car and she only drives to work during rush hour and back, so thats probably why :) she doesnt take it over 40mph, i do :D
#8
whatsThePoint
Go on the motorway there and normal way back, then tell us all what you mpg was for each journey


might do that, dus anyone know how to reset the average mpg if it is possible

sounds like motorway is the way to go then :) always like driving at 70 :)

Edited By: golemsmate on Aug 18, 2010 09:24: /
#9
greg_68
Probably wouldn't be much in it as it's around 15% further but I'd go motorway for shorter time anyway. 83 miles on A roads will be quite tiring. Motorway would be better on fuel consumption I would have thought but not by much. Depends on car and engine size and fuel.



...how the same vehicle is driven on both journeys (slow acceleration from a standing start, engine-braking versus foot-braking, the number of times stationery during the journey), the tyre pressure, the weather conditions, the road conditions (hold-ups, other drivers causing you to brake instead of keeping a constant speed), and many other factors that you cannot possibly know in advance of setting off.

If it was school term time I would suggest you go via the route that has the best view of the girls’ school on the way.

BFN,

fp.
#10
Not the motorway for a small engined car - A roads (Y) - Have a 1.2L corsa myself and it drinks fuel going down the motor way will be lucky to get 80-100 miles to a quarter tank. driving to and from work etc i can get anything from 120 to 150 which is mostly town driving.

Edited By: scott1295 on Aug 18, 2010 09:52: because i can
banned#11
scott1295
Not the motorway for a small engined car - A roads (Y) - Have a 1.2L corsa myself and it drinks fuel going down the motor way will be lucky to get 80-100 miles to a quarter tank. driving to and from work etc i can get anything from 120 to 150 which is mostly town driving.

eh?

a motorway is more efficient for any size car engine. Its the speeds that count and generally you travel faster on a motorway hence lower consumption. Guess you must drive at 70-80mph on motorways then. If you stuck to 55mph on a motorway, it would easily beat an A road where you have slower average speeds and far more stop starts.

Edited By: csiman on Aug 18, 2010 10:08: sf
#12
csiman
scott1295
Not the motorway for a small engined car - A roads (Y) - Have a 1.2L corsa myself and it drinks fuel going down the motor way will be lucky to get 80-100 miles to a quarter tank. driving to and from work etc i can get anything from 120 to 150 which is mostly town driving.
eh?a motorway is more efficient for any size car engine. Its the speeds that count and generally you travel faster on a motorway hence lower consumption. Guess you must drive at 70-80mph on motorways then. If you stuck to 55mph on a motorway, it would easily beat an A road where you have slower average speeds and far more stop starts.

Of course i don't sit at 55 on a mototway i would end up getting a flippin ticket for going to slow and causing a hazard. I generally sit around 70 and between 75-80 if i'm pushed for time. Sitting at around 4000 revs.
#13
i very rarely do more than 60 on a motorway since the fuel prices started to go daft. i get stacks and stacks more miles per gallon than i would doing my normal 70-75 and don't feel like i'm going too slow. after all, lorries do that speed. i usually just sit behind one of them and enjoy the gentle drive rather than a rat race. i set out to work two minutes earlier than i used to. plus, plan your acceleration and braking.
#14
scrumpypaul
plan your acceleration and braking.

Generally whilst driving this is something you cannot plan in advance....... what an odd point to make
banned#15
scott1295
csiman
scott1295
Not the motorway for a small engined car - A roads (Y) - Have a 1.2L corsa myself and it drinks fuel going down the motor way will be lucky to get 80-100 miles to a quarter tank. driving to and from work etc i can get anything from 120 to 150 which is mostly town driving.
eh?a motorway is more efficient for any size car engine. Its the speeds that count and generally you travel faster on a motorway hence lower consumption. Guess you must drive at 70-80mph on motorways then. If you stuck to 55mph on a motorway, it would easily beat an A road where you have slower average speeds and far more stop starts.


Of course i don't sit at 55 on a mototway i would end up getting a flippin ticket for going to slow and causing a hazard. I generally sit around 70 and between 75-80 if i'm pushed for time. Sitting at around 4000 revs.

I suggest you read the highway code.

70mph is the MAXIMUM. Nothing wrong with doing 55mph as long as you are in the inside lane. Or maybe you're one of these bad drivers who just sits in the middle lane all the time :p

Edited By: csiman on Aug 18, 2010 14:00: asdf
banned#16
autolesbona
scrumpypaul
plan your acceleration and braking.


Generally whilst driving this is something you cannot plan in advance....... what an odd point to make

I think the point was dont accelerate or keep the speed on too long to a point where you have to brake excessively (e.g traffic lights, roundabout etc).
#17
csiman
I suggest you read the highway code.

70mph is the MAXIMUM. Nothing wrong with doing 55mph as long as you are in the inside lane. Or maybe you're one of these bad drivers who just sits in the middle lane all the time :p


You do not need to be in the inside lane.

If there is slower moving traffic in that lane you should be in lane 2, & if you are still travelling faster than the traffic in lane 2, then you should be further right.

scrumpypaul
plan your acceleration and braking.


autolesbona

Generally whilst driving this is something you cannot plan in advance....... what an odd point to make


You should be looking up to a mile ahead (or as far as you can see to that distance) of your position on the road & anticipating what may happen before you get there.

That is what is meant by planning your acceleration & deceleration.

BFN,

fp.
banned#18
fanpages

You should be looking up to a mile ahead (or as far as you can see to that distance) of your position on the road & anticipating what may happen before you get there.


whilst you're looking a mile ahead a car has cut you up...you're now dead oO
#19
fanpages

You should be looking up to a mile ahead (or as far as you can see to that distance) of your position on the road & anticipating what may happen before you get there.


lumoruk

whilst you're looking a mile ahead a car has cut you up...you're now dead oO


It is an Advanced Motoring technique.
You back-track from a mile ahead to your point anticipating what every other road (& pavement) user may do until you reach them. Once you are back at your point on the road, you go ahead again & repeat so you can anticipate every possible issue you may find.

It doesn't mean you are dead; it means you have better fuel economy, avoid near-misses, and generally reach your destination without any stress... maybe even quicker.

BFN,

fp.
banned#20
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csiman
I suggest you read the highway code.

70mph is the MAXIMUM. Nothing wrong with doing 55mph as long as you are in the inside lane. Or maybe you're one of these bad drivers who just sits in the middle lane all the time :p


You do not need to be in the inside lane.

If there is slower moving traffic in that lane you should be in lane 2, & if you are still travelling faster than the traffic in lane 2, then you should be further right..

I thought that didnt need saying really lol

I was basically responding to the laughable comment that 55mph on a motorway would get you a ticket for slow / hazardous driving :p
#21
I started to type a response to the comment about a ticket at 55mph earlier today, but presumed it was just a throw-away comment without any genuine belief that would be the case so I did not submit it.

If you are travelling slow enough so that you are a hazard to other vehicles, though, you can be asked to pull-over, or leave the Motorway & travel by other roads, when stopped by the Police.

PS. I provided the same response as I did above (or words to that effect) to a question along the lines of "What lane should you be in doing 70mph on a Motorway?" during my Driving Test. It isn't obvious, or else the question would not be asked.

BFN,

fp.
#22
What happened there?

http://fanpages.f2s.com/hotukdeals.com/Scroll_Bar_inside_a_Comment.jpg

:)

BFN,

fp.
banned#23
If you are towing a trailer or are a goods vehicle over 7.5 tonnes you are limited to 60mph on the motorway anyway. So 55mph will not get you ticketed.
banned#24
fanpages
I started to type a response to the comment about a ticket at 55mph earlier today, but presumed it was just a throw-away comment without any genuine belief that would be the case so I did not submit it.

If you are travelling slow enough so that you are a hazard to other vehicles, though, you can be asked to pull-over, or leave the Motorway & travel by other roads, when stopped by the Police.

PS. I provided the same response as I did above (or words to that effect) to a question along the lines of "What lane should you be in doing 70mph on a Motorway?" during my Driving Test. It isn't obvious, or else the question would not be asked.

BFN,

fp.

The 'obvious' point was aimed at licensed drivers but going by the motorways around here where half the people (generally OAPS and women) drive at 60mph constantly along the middle lane, despite an empty inside lane, you do have a point too :D

lets move on anyway
#25
lumoruk
If you are towing a trailer or are a goods vehicle over 7.5 tonnes you are limited to 60mph on the motorway anyway. So 55mph will not get you ticketed.

Possibly not - but you are causing a hazard by driving that slow on the motorway then police may decide to pull you up about it - to me that is like doing 30 in a 60. motorway is for fast and easy access to other places in my opinion and doing 55on it just doesnt seem logical.
#26
55 is 15 less than the legal limit. buses and lorries are limited to 60 anyway, mechanically or electronically, so i't not really a hazard at all, except maybe to the fools doing 100+ who aren't looking past the end of their own bonnets.
banned#27
scott1295
lumoruk
If you are towing a trailer or are a goods vehicle over 7.5 tonnes you are limited to 60mph on the motorway anyway. So 55mph will not get you ticketed.


Possibly not - but you are causing a hazard by driving that slow on the motorway then police may decide to pull you up about it - to me that is like doing 30 in a 60. motorway is for fast and easy access to other places in my opinion and doing 55on it just doesnt seem logical.

I would stop digging.

How you equate 55 on a 70mph limit with 30 in a 60mph limit is unfathomable

A fair percentage of drivers do 55 on motorways these days to save on fuel. I guess you dont notice because you're on the A roads :)
#28
Admittably I stick to A roads more than motorways - being in south scotland only time I really use motorway is to go up to glasgow or down to carlisle or such like.

I think 55 on a motorway is daft but at the end of the day its the drivers' choice to do that and i can respect that. Just don't understand why you would do it - it would take an age to get anywhere. Plus i don't like mingling with the lorries because the big beeps just pull out on you, cut you up and all the rest of it.
banned#29
scott1295
Admittably I stick to A roads more than motorways - being in south scotland only time I really use motorway is to go up to glasgow or down to carlisle or such like.

I think 55 on a motorway is daft but at the end of the day its the drivers' choice to do that and i can respect that. Just don't understand why you would do it - it would take an age to get anywhere. Plus i don't like mingling with the lorries because the big beeps just pull out on you, cut you up and all the rest of it.

55 on a motorway is gonna be far quicker than the equivalent speed on an a road over the same distance

I think we're done on this convo though lol ;)
banned#30
scott1295
I think 55 on a motorway is daft but at the end of the day its the drivers' choice to do that and i can respect that. Just don't understand why you would do it - it would take an age to get anywhere. Plus i don't like mingling with the lorries because the big beeps just pull out on you, cut you up and all the rest of it.


It's economics, I drove from Oxford to Scotland at 55-60mph keeping in behind trucks and managed 48mpg in my 1.4 golf. To work and back I get 37mpg = big savings in money. Was kind of cancelled out by the roads in Edinburgh with the terrible roads causing my front tyre to blow out in a pot hole.

I had two mountain bikes on the back too.
#31
I averaged 60mpg in the end and went the motorway route and stuck at 60mph 3000rpm :) quite pleased

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