The Mental Effects of a Gas Mileage Computer in Your Car
How many of you have a gas mileage computer in your car? It’s that little readout somewhere on your dash that says you’re only getting 3 mpg in the Hummer H2 every time you floor the gas.
We have one in our Chevy Malibu, and every time I drive the car, I seem to have a competition.
Man vs Machine…who will win?
I’m not a competitive person by nature. It’s too much work to be competitive. However, when I drive the Malibu, I constantly monitor the screen to see how my driving patterns affect the gas mileage. One time that we were coming back from Pennsylvania, I was yelling at my wife to not go more than 5 over the speed limit. Why? We were getting 40 mpg. For a mid-size American car, that’s pretty darn good, right?
By nature, I’m a lead-foot. I go too fast. You may have read my Tip for Aggressive Drivers article earlier this year. Although I’m not competitive, I do have a temper.
But when I’m in that Malibu, I can’t help but drive the speed limit (or just above it). I try not to over-gas at lights and stop signs (aka “rabbit jumps”), and I stop accelerating far in advance of a red light. I’ve even tried shutting off the car at long lights (too scary for me though).
That mileage meter is just too tempting of a competition for me.
Any of you have the same habit? Or do you ignore the mileage meter? What about those of you who don’t have a mileage computer?