I recall a similar question being on the air, but here I go: I’m a cheapskate and brake and accelerate easily, but here’s MY question.
My vehicle is a 1999 Ranger, 4X4, 5-speed. From a fixed point, I can take two routes to get home. The shorter route is 1.9 miles, up a very steep hill (450 feet climb in one mile). I can get it up to 4th at the bottom of the hill and try to get some speed up, but halfway up I always have to downshift to third, at a high RPM, AND if I get behind a truck or slower car, I may even have to downshift to second to get to the top. I can avoid the steep incline by taking a route that is 4.9 miles, but it’s a very gentle slope and I can make the whole uphill run in fifth gear without lugging. I get about 21 on the highway, so this will cost me about 1/4 gallon of gas. I’m sure the longer route sames me money on gas as well as wear and tear on the truck. What do YOU think?