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Would you ever believe that the Federal government is misleading you?

Here is news that I found to be VERY interesting.  In light of all of the new interest in automobile gas mileage for personal vehicles, I found it interesting some news I heard yesterday on the radio.  It seems that the EPA uses 48MPH as the testing speed when it rates a vehicles MPG.

Yes, the EPA uses the very realistic speed of 48 miles per hour as the benchmark speed for testing fuel economy.  This means that EVERY vehicle that proudly places an EPA Fuel Economy sticker on it’s vehicle for sale is, in fact, telling you that you will never achieve that number.

Here is the quote from the EPA documentation.

There are two types of tests that are conducted: city and highway tests.
The city test is approximately 11 miles long and is a stop and go trip with an average speed of about 20 miles per hour (mph). The trip lasts 31 minutes and has 23 stops. About 18 percent of the time is spent idling (as in waiting for traffic lights). A short freeway driving segment is included in the test. The engine is initially started after being parked overnight.

2. The highway is a 10 mile trip with an average speed of 48 mph. The vehicle is started “hot” and there is very little idling and no stops.

Now you may understand why noone has ever met the MPG advertised for a particular vehicle.

Who drives 48?  Hell, even Sammy Hagar couldn’t drive 55 back in the 80’s.

I Can’t Drive 55
by Sammy Hagar

One foot on the brake and one on the gas, hey!
Well, there’s too much traffic, I can’t pass, no!
So I tried my best illegal move
A big black and white come and crushed my groove again!

CHORUS:
Go on & write me up for 125
Post my face, wanted dead or alive
Take my license n’ all that jive
I can’t drive 55! Oh No! Uh!

So I signed my name on number 24, hey!
Yeah the judge said, “Boy, just one more
I’m gonna throw your ass in the city joint”
Looked me in the eye, said, “You get my point?”
I said “Yeah!, Oh yea!”

CHORUS II:
Write me up for 125
Post my face, wanted dead or alive
Take my license, all that jive
I can’t drive 55!
Oh, yea!

I can’t drive 55! (four times)
Uh! (Solo)

When I drive that slow, you know it’s hard to steer.
And I can’t get my car out of second gear.
What used to take two hours now takes all day.
Huh - It took me 16 hours to get to L.A.!

CHORUS:
Go on & write me up for 125
Post my face, wanted dead or alive
Take my license n’ all that jive
I can’t drive 55!

No, no, no, I can’t drive...(I can’t drive 55!)
I can’t drive… (I can’t drive 55!)
I can’t drive 55!


Posted by SPN on 09/20 at 11:56 AM in Blogging

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