While it's not realistic for anyone to expect anywhere close to 1000 miles in everyday driving on a tank, congrats on showing us what is possible through extreme hypermiling.True, some are contrary to the way most people drive, including myself, and can even result in tickets...but some can be used more or less in daily drives to push up the mpg with minimal impact on anything else.
The one skill that I think is most worthwhile is that of looking much further down the road and planning at least somewhat for events before you get to them or they occur.
One lesson my parents taught me, is to always keep in mind exactly where your escape path is. In short, if something happens, in what direction(s) can you dodge to safety...or at least a less dangerous situation/crash. I always kept that in mind for the cars directly around me, but know I'm planning much further in advance of that. So, some of the lessons of this teaches does make one a better driver at other times.
Not every person or driving situation will allow you to drive massive mpg, but if you're getting 30 and can boost that to 40...then that's a bigger boost than going from 48 to 61. So take what you've got now and see if you can get a 10% increase...if you can even if that's only 5 miles per gallon...then you've succeeded. Sure the big numbers are more impressive, but in the end it's the percentage of increase you gain from what you have now to whatever goal you want to set.
All I can say in closing is I'm looking forward to the weekend...this run was mentally, emotionally, and so some degree physically exhausting. Particularly the nail biting finish to get those last miles needed. Wound up and utterly drained pretty much summed it up last night.
There is a vent mod, but it's a bit more complex in the Mk6Scoutx said: Well, it's not going to happen this year, and almost certainly never at least as a stock, because now that I've accomplished this, next chance I get I'm installing the long delayed vent mod for the Mk6's so if it's done I won't be able to call it a stock car anymore...but on the plus side it would probably allow me to squeeze in a bit more since I could get more air out of the tank.
I thought vent MOD wasn't possible on the newer TDIs?
As I said some of these were done only for this run. Close in drafting being a particular case in point. As I may have mentioned I tried it a few times, but pretty quickly realized the gains were minimal for the risk and simply running at my target speed produced generally similar mileage and far greater safety over the distances I was running. On short runs, it can run up your numbers pretty quickly, but the amount of fuel actually saved is still quite minimal. So yes, some of hypermiling just doesn't produce savings enough to do on a regular basis for the risk they entail and even on something like this really can't be justified. Sure, I may have been able to do more and push my mpg up 1 maybe 2 miles per gallon...but the risk just wasn't worth it. Now whether I could have done 1000 without any such efforts is unknown, and probably will remain unknown because I'm unlikely to ever attempt it again, but if I were to do it again, I would likely avoid any such drafting. It's just not worth it for the minimal gains. Slowing down yields similar results with less risk...at least for you hitting someone else. In closing some hypermiling methods are illegal and usually because they are very risky. Not for day to day driving no matter how much you may want to boost mpg.While it's not realistic for anyone to expect anywhere close to 1000 miles in everyday driving on a tank, congrats on showing us what is possible through extreme hypermiling.
I still drive using basic hypermiling techniques when the situation permits, but I almost got into an accident "brown nosing" a semi (like you mentioned in an earlier post). After nearly slamming into the back of it, my first realization was "what the hell am I doing? I'll admit that it's a fun game seeing just how far you can push a tank but the risk wasn't worth the reward. And really, what is the reward...saving five bucks on a fill up? For me; I'll just stay safe, take 40MPG, and call it a day.
Again, congratulations. I'm pretty sure that's a record with an MK6.
Well, this was unvented in that no mods have been made to the car, but vented in that I did work to get extra air out.Awesome work, You are for sure the first 1000 mile tank but i beat you to 900 and unvented. I wasnt far off 1000 and towing ect during my well over 900 tank i feel i could join the 1000 if i felt the need to baby it for a whole tank but its pretty hard and boring lol
What were your driving conditions? Road, tires, speed, temperature, ...
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