Avoiding the highway. I rarely have to be anywhere quickly. This came across my mind a few weeks ago.
So I started taking side roads. Driving a Prius....I get better mileage this way.
My mileage has increased from 44MPG average to a solid 49MPG average. This is due to the lower speeds while on side roads and the increased stop and go driving.
Driving a Prius is like a video game. The object is to get as many miles per gallon as possible.
In addition to side roads I have a few other "techniques":
1- I never accelerate toward a red light if possible. No matter how far away the light is, if no one is behind me I coast
2 - I drive as smoothly as possible. I drive like I fly, smooth and slow turns (Kelli corners like she is on a mission sometimes).
3- I turn off the A/C and crack the windows on nice days. I do miss my sunroof....
4 - Tire pressure is checked regularly. Like weekly
5 - Leave extra crap at home . I take out any excess cargo
That's about it. As much as I enjoy getting great mileage. I am eagerly looking forward to my next car in 4 years and 2 months.
I think about it often. I was intrigued that Lexus Certified Preowned cars now have a 3 year from date YOU buy it or 100,000 miles...whichever comes first. This is better than a new car warranty on a Prius. Not too shabby as one could buy a 3 year old Lexus with 30K miles leaving 3 years or 70K miles of bumper to bumper warranty left. That's just one line of cars. I'm also interested in a VW TDI (Passat most likely), Kia Optima, Dodge Charger, Mercedes C series, Toyota FJ Cruiser and of course the Ford Flex.
For now...taking it slow.