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  •  When I got my Hybrid Escape, I got the (5+ / 0-)

    package with the MPG indicator.  Doesn't sound quite as useful as Scangauge, but it really did affect my use of the cruise control (the cruise control didn't care that flooring the accelerator destroyed gas mileage going uphill).  I don't use cruise control anymore, even though that's supposed to help save gas.  I've been trained by my car to maximize mpg.

    •  Mine came with almost everything (3+ / 0-)
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      That includes the MPG readout in the dashboard. I usually keep it set to show me bars; more bars = higher mpg right that minute, and I can see it with peripheral vision most of the time, unless there's sun on the dash and I can't see it at all. My Escape - my first hybrid - taught me how to drive it with that readout.

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      by Kitsap River on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:43:34 PM PST

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    •  MPG is one thing, (2+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens, ColoTim

      it's an abstraction where you then have to do a little math to make the connection with money, and it's easy to avoid that if you're inclined to avoid pain.

      Scangauge has a readout that tells you, based upon the gas price you input, exactly how much every little thing you do with your vehicle costs. Do you know how maddening it is to learn that, because one of the 4 people in front of you at the light didn't get off the line in time, you're going to spend ANOTHER 15¢ waiting for it to turn green? That, provided you don't turn off your vehicle, going to the drive-through bank can easily cost 80-90¢? Idling costs 10¢ per minute!

      I mean, yeah, Scangauge has totally changed my driving habits, sure: I NO LONGER DRIVE ANYWHERE IF I CAN HELP IT. Which is hard, because we live in a really rural area so this effectively means I don't go anywhere anymore unless we can take my wife's car. So I'm becoming a gas price triggered agoraphobe.

      EVERY SINGLE CAR SHOULD HAVE A SCANGAUGE! The trauma of seeing what gas consumption costs, in immediate dollars and cents, would change driving habits forever, for the better.

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      by Wheever on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:07:57 PM PST

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