High score on the highway…

I achieved my highest score yet the other day, and no, I didn’t take out a list of pursuit blockers. But while driving from north Jersey through Manhattan, Queens and out to Long Island, most times in the hammer lane and passing much traffic (including several Prius…. what is the plural of Prius? Priuses, Prii?) I exited the Meadowbrook to Hempstead Turnpike and… 51.6 mpg!  That’s in real-world driving, often downshifting to weave around some minivan plodding along at 50 when the flow is 60 and higher.

Once I stopped at the first traffic light I grabbed my camera and snapped a quick shot before the light went green again.

And one other amusing note. In this photo you can see I still have a half-tank of fuel remaining, despite already loggin 301.4 miles since the last fill-up. With a 14.5 gallon tank, that comes gives me a combined average of 41.5 mpg. Not bad at all for something so truly fun to drive.

UPDATE – 06/10/11:   I can’t say what my highest score has been since the 51.6 pictured here, as I’ve really stopped watching the ‘consumption’ reading.  I just calculate each time I fill up and I’ve seen tank-averages of 46.3 mpg on multiple occasions, and that’s with me driving in my usual ways, not puttering in economy. I’ll be posting some upcoming pics showing the latest mods, but in the meantime, for anyone seeking more information on these wonderful cars, be sure to check out MyTurboDiesel.com .

3 responses to “High score on the highway…

  1. Wow! What kind of car do you drive?? No car I’ve ever driven has ever gotten that kind of gas mileage. Of course, there’s something to be said about my driving as well.:/ Water consumption and driving are the only two areas I am Not an environmentalist.
    Lorraine pointed me to this page, and thought I’d drop in to say Hi!:)
    Hope all is well.

    • The car is a VW Jetta TDI, and trust me, my driving is far from conservative!

      • A Jetta,huh? Don’t know much about those, but it sounds great. My husband says I ‘have issues’ with speed. Don’t know what he’s talking about personally. I actually love driving fast.
        So tell me, you don’t drive like most the crazies out in Jersey, do you? HA!
        I have two mates that live your end, and they are well, prime examples of the driving I’ve seen both in going to your state, as well as the ones in my state with New Jersey tags.
        Scary doesn’t even come close.
        I tell people, ‘Jersey! It’s the only state with worse drivers that Virginia!’;)

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