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#3401093 - 06/18/14 11:12 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 13950
Loc: Clovis, CA
Do you have to put the paper on the porch? Around here the paper lands in the driveway. They never get out of the car.

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#3401096 - 06/18/14 11:19 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: eljefino]
bvance554 Offline


Registered: 09/24/12
Posts: 1697
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: eljefino
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?


This^^ Maximize your right hand turns...

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#3401153 - 06/19/14 01:32 AM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: yvon_la]
KitaCam Offline


Registered: 11/16/12
Posts: 2110
Loc: SunnySouthFlorida
Originally Posted By: yvon_la
Cruise control is your friend!speed limit sign also.


Cruise control kicks in at a minimum speed of 45mph on most cars...not useful here.
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#3401158 - 06/19/14 01:52 AM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: KitaCam]
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Registered: 06/01/14
Posts: 1223
Loc: Fiume, EU
Try different routes to find shortest one.I don't know how well is this job paid but v6 will never be economical.Maybe you should consider buying something cheap and economical like 95 Civic for the job.Of course a diesel car would be best but i don't know if they are cheap in NA and with your petrol price not really necessarly.
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#3401171 - 06/19/14 03:39 AM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 29159
Loc: ME
So is this something you'll be doing long term so getting a beater to save gas would make sense?

A "Malibu classic" with ecotec, 2004 vintage, might be $1000 if you catch it right.

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#3401172 - 06/19/14 03:40 AM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
wirelessF Offline


Registered: 10/04/07
Posts: 1606
Loc: Oahu, Hawaii
No can help with the massive stop and go you'll be doing. If it's a neighborhood area maybe consider walking or using a moped.

I had a stint for a weekly newspaper doing drops in boxes on the side of the street. Only having a V8 truck at that time and total driving miles was 14 miles with 65 stops I burned through 5 gallons = 3 mpg.

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#3401215 - 06/19/14 06:35 AM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
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Registered: 12/31/11
Posts: 67
Loc: Saint Clair, MI USA
It's 75 miles during the week and 80 miles on Sunday. Once I learn it better, I might shave some of those miles off. As far as the transmission goes, I changed over to valvoline maxlife ATF after I bought it. Drained and refilled 2 or 3 times so that I put in more total fluid than the full capacity, to eliminate any old fluid as best I could. Also the aura xr has a 6 speed trans, which isn't the same one you hear the horror stories about.
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#3401241 - 06/19/14 07:28 AM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 10803
Loc: Onondaga County
I'd buy a $1000 Aveo on CL or something for this. You're ruining a nice car.

Aveo would be a good car - the transmission is the best part about them! As long as you carried a few timing belts to change as they break bi-monthly, you'd be good! ... I am kidding about the last part.
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#3401308 - 06/19/14 08:52 AM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
Mr_Incredible Offline


Registered: 01/02/07
Posts: 1387
Loc: Nebraska
I've never seen a paper delivery vehicle that wasn't speeding and minimizing time on the job. Time=money.

Run the numbers for getting a used Prius or other 35-40mpg vehicle. Prii, while being expensive to fix the hybrid parts, don't break often and the non-hybrid bits break less too.

Fuel is not going to get cheaper any time soon, though we can hope a change of administration will soon encourage the possibility. I doubt it, myself.

Until then, air up your tires, do a tuneup (plugs, wires, rotor, distr cap, fuel filter, air filter), and run SeaFoam or other fuel system cleaner through a couple of tanks of gas. Going to a synthetic oil will not help with your mileage if you continue to use a 30w oil. 30w is 30w. A synthetic trans fluid might help, but might not be discernable.
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#3401324 - 06/19/14 09:11 AM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Mr_Incredible]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 10803
Loc: Onondaga County
Originally Posted By: Mr_Incredible
I've never seen a paper delivery vehicle that wasn't speeding and minimizing time on the job. Time=money.

Run the numbers for getting a used Prius or other 35-40mpg vehicle. Prii, while being expensive to fix the hybrid parts, don't break often and the non-hybrid bits break less too.

Fuel is not going to get cheaper any time soon, though we can hope a change of administration will soon encourage the possibility. I doubt it, myself.

Until then, air up your tires, do a tuneup (plugs, wires, rotor, distr cap, fuel filter, air filter), and run SeaFoam or other fuel system cleaner through a couple of tanks of gas. Going to a synthetic oil will not help with your mileage if you continue to use a 30w oil. 30w is 30w. A synthetic trans fluid might help, but might not be discernable.


Gas prices are going to go through the roof.

I have been tempted to buy a Mirage. Cheap, but gets > 50 MPG easily.
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Originally Posted By: 01rangerxl
A Lada with manually adjusted drum brakes sounds like a fantastic car.

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#3401344 - 06/19/14 09:30 AM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Miller88]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 2364
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Hello, Skip the MMO. Whatever fuel system/injector cleanliness can do for you can be attained via some Techron concentrate.
Tire pressure, easy driving, tune up, route planning, weight reduction and adding walking/cycling are the best bets for now.
Your situation is another example where an electric delivery wagon would shine.
The fuel savings over your route have to justify any replacement vehicle cost incurred.
Is your current vehicle too big for your needs?
If downsizing fits your life, it's a "double win" and changes the math by broadening everyday savings. Kira

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#3401518 - 06/19/14 01:15 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 10306
Loc: NorthEast
Use internet to deliver digital copies of newspaper to your customers!

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#3401520 - 06/19/14 01:16 PM Re: Delivery driving MPG tips? [Re: Aurora09]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 10306
Loc: NorthEast
By the way, wait until winter; your mileage would most likely approach single digit.

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