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

Registered: 12/31/11
Posts: 69
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.
1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. 4.0 six cylinder. 266,000 miles. Fram orange filter, service pro 10W30 oil.

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

Registered: 05/20/14
Posts: 1269
Loc: quebec canada
Cruise control is your friend!speed limit sign also.
Truck driver
Nissan versa note s 2014 Mobil Delvac 1 LE 5W-30 supertech st-6607(edition 2016) castrol transynd

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

Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 19528
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.
'00 MB E430
'04 Honda S2000
'06 Volvo V70
'14 Honda Accord LX
"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 Offline

Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 29805
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: 7157
Loc: Midwest
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.
'03 Grand Cherokee 4.0-Castrol Syntec 10w40-Fram XG16
'02 Volvo S60 2.4T-M1 0w40-Mahle OX149D

#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: 5131
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: 4689
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 Offline

Registered: 12/20/02
Posts: 1189
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: 10779
Loc: NE,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: 12547
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 53K HGMO 0W-20
09 Forester 67K PU 5W-30
02 Accord 144K GOil 5W-30
01 Focus ZX3 112K M1 5W-20
95 BMW 318iC 159K Delvac 15W-40

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

Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 9333
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, 2.5L/6MT, 124k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 134k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 139k, his

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

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 7681
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, 151km VWB 5W30
06 CRV, 5 spd auto AWD, 262km M1 EP 5W30

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

Registered: 02/23/07
Posts: 7982
Loc: Grand Rapids, MI
I'd worry more about the transmission. The AT on my friend's girlfriend's '08 Aura just went out at 130k.
07 Honda Accord - 572k - Bulk oil/filter
08 Scion tC - 127k - Pennzoil Platinum 5W-20/Fram XG4967

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

Registered: 10/15/10
Posts: 1435
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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