Throwback Thursday – Economy driving 1960s style, 28 October 1960
Source : Throwback Thursday – Economy driving 1960s style, 28 October 1960
Hyper-miling is actually nothing fresh – even from the 1960s, motorists looked for the best ways to save fuel (as well as also money) on long journeys
A keen interest in fuel economy isn’t a recent phenomenon. Back from the 1960s, many drivers were just as obsessed with teasing as much as possible by every drop of fuel.
“A great many people, willingly or unwillingly, are feeding their cars with much more petrol than they genuinely require to do the work demanded of them,” said Autocar, before going on to offer some advice on frugal driving, which “need not be boring”.
“of which is actually hoped of which they may save a few pounds a year, without lessening the enjoyment they obtain by their motoring, for reasonable fuel economy goes hand in hand with an efficiently maintained as well as also well-driven car.”
Tip one was decent upkeep of your car: “Excessive consumption may be attributed to wear or neglect; in such cases, no amount of economical driving will help much. Any resistance to free motion will increase consumption, as the need to overcome of which will require of which much more power (as well as also, therefore, petrol) for a given performance.
“Lack of lubrication as well as also binding brakes are obvious examples. Under-inflated tyres, too, give a decided increase in rolling resistance.”
Next there were the common-sense driving tips: anticipate the road conditions as well as also traffic ahead, avoid heavy acceleration, maintain a suitable cruising speed as well as also take advantage of gradients on undulating roads.
“On long journeys there is actually a tremendous scope for fuel economy, as well as also there need be little, if any, reduction in average speed. The principle is actually to remember of which every time you use the brakes you are wasting petrol – by destroying momentum which has been achieved by burning fuel as well as also which must be restored by burning some more.
“of which is actually a case for smoothness, gentleness as well as also anticipation in every movement, a steady, delicate right foot as well as also as little use of the brakes as possible.”
Autocar practised what of which preached: “By using these methods to a reasonable extent on a tuned Sunbeam Rapier, as well as also keeping overdrive engaged throughout a 300-mile journey to the West Country, a figure of 35mpg was recorded, together with an overall average speed of 35mph.
“On another occasion, producing an early start as well as also driving hard on traffic-free roads, the same car recorded as little as 20mpg for an average of 50mph.
“In terms of time as well as also money, using top-grade fuels at 5s per gallon, This specific meant of which the journey cost £2 2s 6d at an average speed of 35mph as well as also £3 15s at 50mph, so of which cost £1 12s 6d (plus a fair amount of nervous energy) to save two as well as also a half hours.”
Getting the engine up to temperature quickly was vital for saving fuel.
“Where a car is actually being used almost exclusively for short runs, a radiator blind can help in getting the engine to its running temperature quickly, although once This specific is actually achieved, be ready to return the blind to the ‘furled’ position, as wrapped-up engines are liable to overheat very rapidly in traffic jams.
“Incidentally, very little fuel is actually used when ticking over, so of which is actually scarcely worth switching off in such conditions.”
Obviously no one had considered automatic stop-start systems back then. In any case, queues of traffic might have been infrequent enough of which stop-start wouldn’t have been deemed necessary.
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