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« on: April 08, 2008, 08:55:28 AM »

As fuel gets more and more expensive I offer a few ideas on how to keep your fuel spend within bounds: -

1.   Keep to speed limits, that way you save fuel and don’t get fined either.
2.   Remember that every time you put your right foot down whether it be to accelerate or brake you are using fuel, as braking is just wasting power that you have created.
3.    Approach junctions with caution and ease off the accelerator.  If it is a roundabout try to arrive at the right speed to go around it without braking.  At a Give Way or traffic lights try to arrive slowly and don’t stop unless it is necessary.  Moving off from stationary means that you use extra power overcoming the inertia of the stopped vehicle.
4.   Do not approach a junction at speed and then brake suddenly.
5   Motorways use less fuel because the roads are straighter and gently undulating.
6   Use cruise control wherever possible as it keeps the engine running at a more even speed.
7.   The added bonus is that it makes the ride much more comfortable and keeps the better half happy.   Thumbs Up

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2008, 09:18:58 AM »

Have to disagree with this one.....

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6.   Motorways use less fuel because the roads are straighter and gently undulating.

Costs me a fortune evertime I use a motorway Sad

Wonder if that had anything to do with the fact that the nearest motoroways are 3-4 gallons of petrol away Sad Sad Sad

Other than that.... good post Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2008, 10:08:30 AM »

Or could it be that you drive at or over the speed limit. 

I may be an old fogey but I never go over 60 mph.
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2008, 01:25:26 PM »

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Or could it be that you drive at or over the speed limit. 

I may be an old fogey but I never go over 60 mph.

On the roads round here we rarely get a chance to drive AT the speed limit, let alone OVER it.

Was a dig at the fact that East Anglia is mostly devoid of Motorway and decent dual cariageways.

I prefer driving around 60 as well but do take it to 70 when I get some decent road, maily to make up time lost travelling at 35-40 behind lorries on single carriageways.
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2008, 03:28:49 PM »

 Undecided I wouldn't have a dig at anyone about where they live. 

I'm sorry that I didn't notice thatyou lived in such a lovely but isolated part of the country but it surely doesn't make any difference. I was just making the point that when you are on a motorway and especially if you use cruise control the car is never stressed and you rarely have to brake.  The hills such as they are are usually gentle and there are no bends, all of which means that you get really good mpg on motorways. Until of course you get into slow traffic and then it all gets turned on its head and slow speed stop starting negates all the benefits mentioned before.  Even so it is well worth moving slowly rather than stopping and starting from stationary which necessitates overcoming the car,s inertia each time.
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2008, 04:22:15 PM »

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As fuel gets more and more expensive I offer a few ideas on how to keep your fuel spend within bounds: -

1.   exceed all speed limits,
2.   Excellerate HARD and brake Heavy
3.    Approach junctions with aggression.  If it is a roundabout try to arrive at the right speed to go around it without braking 60mph is ideal.  At a Give Way or traffic lights try to arrive as quick as possible and don’t stop unless it is neessary.  Moving off from stationary means a lot of wheel spin
4.   Always approach a junction at speed and then brake suddenly.
5.   Try to drive in a straight line after Drinking or drug taken.
6.   Motorways use less fuel because of less wheel spinning i agree
7.   Cruise control at 130 mph
8.   The added bonus is that it makes the ride much more enjoyable and keeps the better half and kids at home.  Cry Laugh LMAO

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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2008, 04:42:45 PM »

1.   Keep to speed limits, that way you save fuel and don’t get fined either.
I have a snooper.....whats a speed limit ?

2.   Remember that every time you put your right foot down whether it be to accelerate or brake you are using fuel, as braking is just wasting power that you have created.
testing your 0 - 60 time is a must.......who has the longest skidmark competitions are cool too

3.    Approach junctions with caution and ease off the accelerator.  If it is a roundabout try to arrive at the right speed to go around it without braking.  At a Give Way or traffic lights try to arrive slowly and don’t stop unless it is necessary.  Moving off from stationary means that you use extra power overcoming the inertia of the stopped vehicle.
look for a gap  and aim for it . Adjust speed as necessary to beat reg mcgiver , sunday driver....use of the horn  or the finger works well here

4.   Do not approach a junction at speed and then brake suddenly.
use of the handbrake works well giving you turning and forward motion....saves slowing down therefore saves petrol  Wink

5.   Try to drive in a straight line as deviations use more fuel.
drive a straight line round a corner....hmmmmm , not quite worked that one out yet Huh?

6.   Motorways use less fuel because the roads are straighter and gently undulating.
But they use more fuel cos youre going at 120mph racing a Renault Espace

7.   Use cruise control wherever possible as it keeps the engine running at a more even speed.
Doesnt work

8.   The added bonus is that it makes the ride much more comfortable and keeps the better half happy.
No better half here...lowered with 19s so who cares about the ride
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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2008, 04:49:57 PM »

 Cry Laugh LMAO
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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2008, 07:32:59 PM »

I'm afraid I have no answer to that.  I did say that I was an old fogey but still alive at 65 I wonder if you will be. 
A lot of people, nay the majority, who buy Galaxies are families with kids on a tight budget who can't afford to drive like you, nor would they want to I guess.

This post was addressed primarily to people who are trying to cope with the huge rise in fuel prices not to boy racers like yourself. 

I was overtaken by a guy like you this evening who just managed to overtake me and get in before a roundabout by forcing me onto the verge.  Just  a bit further along and he tried unsuccessfully to overtake three cars but didn't make it so had to break severely back to where he was.  I carried on at my steady 50 and four miles down the road there he was stuck behind about six cars behind a 40 ton truck.   Big lol

As for your cruise.  Have you tried taking a pair of scissors to it?

You have a point about no.5 I'll give that more thought. Scratch Chin

I'll leave it to others to decide why there is no better half.
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2008, 07:56:53 PM »

Alternatively, try a spell in Noway where the max speed limit is 90kmh and the average speeding fine is 400 pounds
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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2008, 08:46:38 PM »

Hey Boy Racer lol..............................GARY!!!!!!

When i drove Fordpwrs Galaxy last weekend it was a change for me to drive a auto diesel.....
Oh no i hear you all cry......Not the blooming petrol v diesel debate again......
WELL NO.....!!!!!!
I have to admit i did say to James that if i had an Auto/Diesel i would probably drive a little more sensibly
than i do in the 2.3.......
Mine feels as if it should be driven as if it had been stolen!
Whereas the mk2 felt like it was a smooth mile eating machine!

I have 4 sprogs a house and a missus and work a few hours at Tescos...So tight budget i knows about!!
(but AWTY still gets a good workout whenever it is safe to do so)
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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2008, 08:51:53 PM »

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I'm afraid I have no answer to that.  I did say that I was an old fogey but still alive at 65 I wonder if you will be. 
A lot of people, nay the majority, who buy Galaxies are families with kids on a tight budget who can't afford to drive like you, nor would they want to I guess.

Hey Malkyp , calm down dude , you old guys cant go getting excited at your age.
Will I still be alive at 65 ?.....who knows . I do know that if im not , it wont be down to the way I drive.....more than likely some geriatric driving the wrong way down the motorway will be responsible for destroying my beautiful Galaxy and sending me through the pearly gates  Wink

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This post was addressed primarily to people who are trying to cope with the huge rise in fuel prices not to boy racers like yourself. 

A boy racer ?  Cheesy Even boy racers like to know how to save money . The more they save the more goodies they can buy to make their cars even faster  Driver

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I was overtaken by a guy like you this evening who just managed to overtake me and get in before a roundabout by forcing me onto the verge.  Just  a bit further along and he tried unsuccessfully to overtake three cars but didn't make it so had to break severely back to where he was.  I carried on at my steady 50 and four miles down the road there he was stuck behind about six cars behind a 40 ton truck.   
A driver like me you say ?...Was the driver tall dark and handsome with an exceedingly cheeky smile too then ?

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As for your cruise.  Have you tried taking a pair of scissors to it?
Is there a technical term for that .....will that procedure be on the Ford manual ?

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You have a point about no.5 I'll give that more thought. Scratch Chin
Good man....let me know what you come up with

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I'll leave it to others to decide why there is no better half.
Well actually there was , 16 years we were together before she ran off with a Renault Espace salesman.
His was bigger than mine  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2008, 08:58:35 PM »

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I have to admit i did say to James that if i had an Auto/Diesel i would probably drive a little more sensibly
than i do in the 2.3.......


O dear Steve it only been 2 weeks since your birthday dude

Are you starting to mellow with age !!!!  LMAO
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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2008, 09:20:18 PM »

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I have to admit i did say to James that if i had an Auto/Diesel i would probably drive a little more sensibly
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Are you starting to mellow with age !!!!  LMAO

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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2008, 11:04:16 PM »

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