MPG driving in Los Angeles streets?

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  1. sherlockcrypto

    sherlockcrypto New Member

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    Does anyone know what a good mpg is for driving in LA streets? There are just so many stop signs that my 4 mile commute is taking 20 minutes and I have to drive through about 15 lights/stop signs.

    I am getting about 35 mpg and am hoping to get more in the 45 mpg range. So not sure if its my driving style or something I need to tune up in my car.
     
  2. mikey_t

    mikey_t Active Member

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    I think you have to just do your best to cruise on battery power between the lights and stop signs. Short trips aren't good at all for mpg. I think a little extra air in the tires helps as well.
     
  3. Aaron Vitolins

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    LA traffic is ROUGH for efficiency for all cars. 35 isn’t terrible for the conditions. Focus on coasting and braking as smooth as possible for best results. And like said above, pump up those tires. I do 40 psi all around.
     
  4. MelonPrius

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    Driving on local roads in LA have been my most challenging situation for mpg. Drivers tend to jack rabbit start and then brake hard, followed by jack rabbit acceleration, followed by stopping at a light. Rinse and repeat. You can get 50 mpg on that commute but it would entail pissing off every other driver on the road and giving Prius drivers an even worse reputation.

    35 seems bad, but for a 4 mile drive on a cold engine, it's not terrible.
     
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