I decided to drive one tank as light-footed as possible, just to see how many mpg I could get. Unfortunately, it got really hot and I had to turn the a/c on, and of course that really drains the power in town. So, here I was, sloooooowly pulling away very snail-like and sluggishly coming up to cruising speed.

Then this pickup truck pulls up next to us, and I notice they are not going away. After they got our attention, they revved their engine, making little mocking lunges ahead of us. They were laughing their heads off. We were laughing too, because we knew how ridiculous this must have looked to a bystander.

I don't make a habit of drag racing, but the road was clear ahead of me, and I didn't see much harm in giving them a little demo. So I reached over, switched off the a/c, dropped her down a couple of gears, and took off. I think I caught them by surprise, because they didn't start to accelerate until I was quite a bit ahead of them. By the time I got to where I needed to turn, they were WAAAAY back behind us.

As I'm waiting to turn, they pull up beside us, and we're laughing and they're still laughing too, but this time, they're giving us a big thumbs up.

I'll do the light-footed thing next tank.

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Comment by Michele on June 22, 2009 at 4:36pm
I wish I could have seen that. Too funny!!!
Comment by Tom Owens on June 22, 2009 at 10:04am
Shocking how much driving habits change gas mileage.

Comment by Smartie Smart on June 22, 2009 at 9:29am
Sometimes you just have to drive fast and take chances! Sounds like this one paid off!

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