Beat the Traffic With a Hybrid
Beating the traffic with a hybrid sounds odd right? Hybrid vehicles aren’t known to go fast, and they’re surely not meant for racing. So how does one exactly _ beat _ traffic? Well, there’s one of two ways to beat traffic, especially rush hour traffic – you either dodge it altogether, or join it in stride.
Dodging Rush Hour Traffic
When it comes to dodging rush hour traffic, that’s going to be a pretty hard goal to make. Based on a study by INRIX, a global company that specializes in connected car services and transportation analytics, Miami is one of the top ten most congested cities in the world. On average, the everyday driver spends 65 hours of their life in traffic per year. That’s three days of their life, every year, spent stuck in traffic.
What. A. Bummer.
There are ways to avoid and dodge traffic though. Aside from using back roads or trusting apps like SiriusXM Traffic, it all comes down to practice and timing. Let’s make an example.
It’s winter break, school’s out, and Jane, having just graduated high school got a full-time job to get a head start on rent. Her job is only about 25 minutes away, 30-35 minutes with daily traffic. We’ll call this “Trip A”. Then, when winter break ends and school is back in session, Jane starts to run into trouble. She always gives herself that 5-10 min head start to get to work, but she keeps running late. She tried to leave a whole half hour early, and did make it on time, but there was a lot of nonsense traffic that just caused an early morning headache. We’ll call this “Trip B.”
Many drivers may find themselves in the same jam with Jane, but with some trial-and-error, one can find their way out of rush hour traffic. In our example, Jane did the math and found that by giving herself 20 minutes instead of ten or 30, she left late enough to dodge traffic from Trip A, but left early enough to get ahead of the traffic in Trip B.
If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them
We know the above scenario, although perfect, doesn’t work for everyone. If that’s the case, and you find yourself in traffic no matter what, then there’s only two options – suck it up, or make the most of it. Let’s go with the latter.
How can one make the most of rush hour traffic? Well, until we all get self-driving cars and can watch TV or sleep on the way to work, then the other alternative is to work traffic to one’s favor with a green vehicle. Take the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for instance. Powered by an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, the Outlander PHEV has a fuel economy of 74 MPGe. Together, with a full tank and fully charged battery, one can drive up to 310 miles before stopping.
If that’s not enough, according to FuelEconomy.gov, it just costs $1.63 to travel 25 miles in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Today, most people have a 20-30 minute commute. On top of that, with regenerative braking, the battery for the electric motor is charged whilst the engine takes over. By the end of a single trip, in a way, not a dollar was spent.
So rush hour traffic is a pain, we all hate it, and in Miami, Florida it’s worse. Make the most of it with a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV , or find your own way to dodge it. Have some tips? Share with us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media .