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I Drive A Lot. And A Review of Fuelly.

I took my beloved Zaphod Beeblebrox the Car in for its 45,000 km service appointment this week, so I figured it was as good a time as any to write an update about my beloved car. Also, it gives me a chance to tell all y’all about the new fun website I’ve been using to track my gas usage (spoiler: it makes graphs!)

Ever since I got my car, I’ve been tracking my mileage. To do this, I’ve been using a handy dandy spreadsheet1. And because of this, I can easily tell you that in the 2 years and 2 months that I’ve owned my car, I have:

  • driven 45,609 km2 – that’s an average of 57 km per day!
  • used 2,839L of gas
  • spent $3,656 in gas and about $1,300 in other car maintenance-related expenses3

But I was recently introduced to Fuelly 4, a website that tracks your mileage for you… and gives you pretty graphs and infographics! Being a graph-loving nerd, I naturally had to try it out. Fortunately, Fuelly lets you import data so I could just import the data I’d been tracking on my handy dandy spreadsheet and viola – graphs!

fuelly 1

fuelly 2

fuelly 3

fuelly 4

Aren’t they pretty?

If you are interested in my ongoing tracking of Zaphod’s mileage – and who wouldn’t be, really? – you can “follow” me on Fuelly.

  1. Spreadsheets. Is there anything they can’t do? []
  2. For my American readers, that’s 28,340 miles []
  3. e.g., regular service appointments, deductible for replacement windshield, replacement of flat tire. []
  4. As per usu, I have no affiliation with Fuelly other than that I use their free service []

8 Responses to I Drive A Lot. And A Review of Fuelly.

  1. Dan says:

    That is so nerdy I can’t help but be entertained and fully supportive.

  2. Beth says:

    My friend Steven was *just* telling me on The Twitter that the Fiat 500 (a new adorable car that I’m in love with) has a USB port where you can plug in a USB stick and download all your mileage/performance data from your car. WANT!!!!

  3. Kalev says:

    The MPG seems low… all that citySurrey driving, I guess?

  4. Beth says:

    The MPG is low because it’s a Smart car!

  5. Kalev says:

    But MPG should be HIGH if it’s fuel efficient (the opposite of 100km/L)… I was saying it doesn’t seem to be as efficient as it should be.

  6. Beth says:

    Oops, I meant it’s high because it’s a Smart car. Why do you think 37.5 is low? That’s pretty close to what a 2009 Smart car is expected to be (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/advancedSearch.htm)

  7. Kalev says:

    I just had it in my mind (and think I did a quick search, although it might have shown me the 2012 figures) that the MPG was significantly higher for a Smart, like 40+.

  8. Beth says:

    Yeah, that’s probably for the latest models.

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