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


Registered: 05/20/14
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Loc: quebec canada
Cruise control is your friend!speed limit sign also.
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#3400886 - 06/18/14 07:29 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
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Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 12900
Loc: Irvine, 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.
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#3400888 - 06/18/14 07:30 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
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Registered: 06/15/03
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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?

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


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 1278
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.
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#3400896 - 06/18/14 07:41 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
BrandonVA Offline


Registered: 08/06/13
Posts: 94
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)
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#3400901 - 06/18/14 07:45 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
expat Offline


Registered: 05/12/09
Posts: 3744
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.

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


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 3249
Loc: USA
The lightest touch of the gas pedal you can muster.

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


Registered: 12/20/02
Posts: 1051
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.

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


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 7218
Loc: Akron,Ohio
old chevy tracker ftw.
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#3400947 - 06/18/14 08:44 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 8980
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.
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#3400984 - 06/18/14 09:21 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
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Registered: 11/09/08
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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.
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#3401005 - 06/18/14 09:39 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 5362
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.
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#3401021 - 06/18/14 09:51 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
ThirdeYe Offline


Registered: 02/23/07
Posts: 7048
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.
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#3401024 - 06/18/14 09:53 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
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Registered: 10/15/10
Posts: 1012
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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