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#3400879 - 06/18/14 07:22 PM Delivery driving MPG tips?
Aurora09 Offline

Registered: 12/31/11
Posts: 63
Loc: Saint Clair, MI USA
Hi everyone,

I am looking for some tips to increase my MPG delivering daily newspapers. I have 160-220 customers depending on the day. I drive a 2008 Saturn Aura XR 3.6. My oil right now is Motorcraft 5W-30 with a motorcraft filter. Tires are set at 35 psi cold. Fram paper air filter. I was considering adding MMO to the gas. My gas mileage is around 17.6-18.6 on the route, but it was 23.5 before I started.
96 Oldsmobile Aurora, 123,000 miles, Valvoline Next-Gen Maxlife High Mileage Blend w/Purolator Pure-One Oil Filter.

#3400884 - 06/18/14 07:27 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
yvon_la Offline

Registered: 05/20/14
Posts: 740
Loc: quebec canada
Cruise control is your friend!speed limit sign also.
Truck driver
Nissan versa note s 2014
Mechanicly inclined

#3400886 - 06/18/14 07:29 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
HTSS_TR Online   content

Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 16473
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
Check/replace these items if needed: PCV valve, spark plugs. Increase tire pressure to 38-40 PSI and change oil to Mobil 1 AFE 0W30.
'94 Lexus LS400
'00 MB E430
'04 Honda S2000
'06 Volvo V70
"Throwing food away is like stealing it from the poor and hungry" Pope Francis

#3400888 - 06/18/14 07:30 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
eljefino Online   content

Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 27818
Loc: ME
Route planning seems to be the thing. EG do one side of a street then come back for the other side some time later. UPS has this figured out. Do you work at 4:30 in the morning, do you avoid traffic, and are there ways to avoid more of it? Do you drive down the "wrong" side of the street so you fling papers out the driver's window?

#3400890 - 06/18/14 07:31 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
dlundblad Offline

Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 5620
Loc: Indiana
160-220 customers over how many miles?

The constant shifting, stopping, accelerating ("city driving") etc. is what is killing your mileage. Other than easy accelerations, I am not sure what else there is for you to do.
2003 Jeep WJ 4.Sl0w (175k)
Pennzoil HM 10w30
Fram PH16

#3400896 - 06/18/14 07:41 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
BrandonVA Offline

Registered: 08/06/13
Posts: 199
Loc: virginia
do not use A/C! use a full synthetic oil next oil change. you could try an additive like redline sl-1 as well. also take everything out of your car that you don't need to lose as much weight as possible. and air up the tires to 5 psi over recommended pressure. clean intake system with a product like amsoil powerfoam.

and i don't think cruise control is going to work very well for stop and go deliveries....unless you are very fast

Edited by BrandonVA (06/18/14 07:43 PM)
2006 Toyota Corolla LE, Manual - almost 100k

#3400901 - 06/18/14 07:45 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
expat Offline

Registered: 05/12/09
Posts: 4737
Loc: Canada
Well, a 3.6 L V6 is not going to be the most economical vehicle for the job.

You have to better describe your route to us.

#3400914 - 06/18/14 08:08 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
NHGUY Offline

Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 4257
Loc: USA
The lightest touch of the gas pedal you can muster.

#3400917 - 06/18/14 08:09 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: expat]
ryansride2017 Online   content

Registered: 12/20/02
Posts: 1145
Loc: The coal hills of eastern PA
Originally Posted By: expat
Well, a 3.6 L V6 is not going to be the most economical vehicle for the job.

You have to better describe your route to us.

Agreed. Please get a beater 4 cylinder to do this task.

#3400922 - 06/18/14 08:14 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
Rand Offline

Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 9449
Loc: Barberton,Ohio
old chevy tracker ftw.
2015 Forester I-Premium 6MT

#3400947 - 06/18/14 08:44 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
fdcg27 Offline

Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 11268
Loc: OH
Avoid braking.
Try to plan your route so that you can coast down to fling speed at each delivery.
Some vehicle uses just aren't going to result in good fuel economy.
This is one of them.
12 Accord LX 36K PP 0W-20
09 Forester 67K PU 5W-30
02 Accord 144K GOil 5W-30
01 Focus ZX3 112K M1 5W-20
95 BMW 318iC 152K Defy 10W-40

#3400984 - 06/18/14 09:21 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
supton Offline

Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 6745
Loc: NH
Are some of the houses close spaced? If so, park and hoof it. Or get a small bicycle and a bike rack, and pedal it. Drive for the long stretches, use foot power on the short ones.
2011 Toyota Camry, base, 6spd manual, 105k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra double cab, 4.6L, auto, 109k, his

#3401005 - 06/18/14 09:39 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
IndyIan Offline

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 6809
Loc: Ontario, Canada
A prius would get much better mileage for this type of driving. Perhaps triple? I have never seen one for rural delivery though Often its an old minivan or something else fairly thirsty.
07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 130km MM F1 5W20
06 CRV, 5 spd auto AWD, 230km

#3401021 - 06/18/14 09:51 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
ThirdeYe Offline

Registered: 02/23/07
Posts: 7883
Loc: Walker, MI
I'd worry more about the transmission. The AT on my friend's girlfriend's '08 Aura just went out at 130k.
99 Pontiac Firebird - 89k - Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30/Fram Extended Guard XG3980
08 Scion tC - 107k - QSUD 0W-20/Napa Gold 1394

#3401024 - 06/18/14 09:53 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
wrcsixeight Offline

Registered: 10/15/10
Posts: 1284
Loc: california
We had some obnoxious delivery vehicle with the all too common holed muffler which would spew PSF all over the road when it turned around.

It would wake me up every morning between 4:07 and 4:12.

I dreamed of meeting the car with a Sledgehammer each and every morning after it turned around.

One day either the delivery driver got a better car, or quit, or got fired, or...........

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