shovel snow out of your bed
I know this is really obvious, but I thought I'd share my experience.
2 tanks ago I had 240lbs of quickrete tube sand in the back with about half the bed filled with snow. The roads were plowed/sanded by now, and I didn't really need them, but I never took the time to shovel it out.
The first tank was getting ~10mpg (60/40 city/highway).
I drove the next tank as lightly/slowly as I possibly could, and still got ~11.8mpg (60/40 city/highway).
I shoveled all that snow out, removed the sandbags and went on a little trip to pickup the roll bar. This time I got 17.2 miles to the gallon (all highway).
Yes, I know highway driving gets better gas mileage, but I also credit a 7mpg jump from a lack of weight...
So whoever got hit w' the storm, shovel that bed clean!
-1991 Ranger XLT 4X1 - DONATED
-3.0 V6 Auto, Regular Cab
Ford Ranger: Not supposed to be the best quality, just a cheap (to make) truck that fits the 1/4 ton niche. I only have one until I can afford a tacoma
7/19/07: got a tacoma