One aspect of the course is the classroom session on distracted driving for parents and teens.
“That’s when the parents realize, ‘Gosh, I need this course as much as my kid,’ ” says Wade.
VW Sets 77.99 MPG Mark
The Volkswagen Passat TDI (clean diesel) is rated at 31 miles per gallon in city driving and 43 on the highway. Wayne Gerdes, who has made a career out of hypermiling, last week completed an 18-day, 8,122-mile trip that visited all of the Lower 48 states, achieving a Guinness World Record of 77.99 mpg, besting the previous record of 67.9 and also the hybrid vehicle record of 64.6 mpg.
The official record is for “lowest fuel consumption—48 US states for a non-hybrid car.”
Gerdes and co-driver Bob Winger, had special tires but followed the three basics of getting great mileage:
1. Plan ahead: Look for impediments or topographic changes 15 to 45 seconds ahead and use downhill momentum for the next uphill.
2. Stay away from the rabbits. Heavy braking and acceleration consume fuel at a greater rate.
3. Obey speed limits. The difference in fuel consumption between 55 and 75 mph can be 30 percent.
Today is Miata Day on the lawn at Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline. An older Miata is an excellent choice as an entrée to the collector car hobby. They have a good history of reliability and helped create Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom philosophy … Also on tap today is a show for pre-1972 vehicles in downtown Amesbury as part of the community’s annual Amesbury Days festivities … The Rhode Island Chevy Owners Association is holding its 23rd annual All-Chevy/GMC Show at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, RI, with awards in 47 classes. There’s even one for non-Chevrolet cars with Chevrolet engines.