Hybrid Owners Put the Pedal to Fuel Efficiency

Prius' real-time feedback alters driving habits to max MPGs
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 8:29 AM CDT
High gas prices posted at a Shell gas station in Redwood City, Calif., Wednesday, May 14, 2008, as a Toyota Prius hybrid drives by.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Leaving the bad old days of drag-racing in the dust, greenies are now engaging in their own race for fuel efficiency, reports the Washington Post. With hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius giving up-to-the-second feedback on just how much gas passing that little old lady in the right lane is guzzling, many drivers are adjusting their habits to max out their MPGs.

Avoiding hills, lead-footedness, and fast stops can take a tank from an average 40 MPGs to 60 or more, and hybrid geeks are making it a competitive sport—even crowing about results online. Says one Prius devotee who denied his wife use of the car ("You're gonna screw up my mileage"), "It's just knowledge. Now I have it."