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SquirrelEStuff's avatar

Would you use more gas driving north (FL-NY) than you would driving south (NY-FL)?

Asked by SquirrelEStuff (9171points) June 17th, 2008
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gooch's avatar

No. Why would you think such a thing.

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

I didnt think so. I was having a conversation while stoned with a friend, and this came up. I figured it all depends on driving above and below sea level, but figured Id throw it up on this site to be sure.

waterskier2007's avatar

well, if there is wind, slightly, maybe

Notreallyhere's avatar

It depends if:
You are driving a different vehicle
You are driving faster
You are empty going up and loaded going coming back
Take a different route coming back

Seesul's avatar

It would also depend on how many cities you were hitting (especially during rush hour). Stop and go traffic would cut your gas mileage down.

AstroChuck's avatar

Of course. You’re going up to New York and down to Florida. Duh.

Harp's avatar

AstroChuck’s right. Try the following: take any globe and a standard size marble. Place the marble on New York, and release. You’ll find that it goes zooming down toward Florida (at least it did when I tried it). Now put it at Florida and you’ll find that you’ve actually got to push it all the way to New York. As I recall, Galileo actually proved this some time back, only he used canon balls and the tower of Pisa.

gooch's avatar

@ Astro and Harp how do you know New York is up in space there is no true up or down. Up and down are referanced off of what we have decided to be up and down. Technically the southern part of the globe could be called up if you invert the universe. There is no directional north, south, east, or west to the universe.

Harp's avatar

gooch wrote “Technically the southern part of the globe could be called up if you invert the universe”

Aha! But the Universe is way too heavy to invert. That’s why the South stays put (I grew up down there, so I know).

Notreallyhere's avatar

Besides if you invert it, then New York would be in South America, and he doesn’t wants to go there, does he?

Harp's avatar

No Sir!

Notreallyhere's avatar

Well Harp, I think we took care of that.

Harp's avatar

Science will always triumph

scamp's avatar

This really isn’t such an odd question. My car gets much better mileage in Florida than it does in New Jersey. I don’t know the reason why, but I have noticed this on 3 separate trips down and back. Once I get back to New jersey, I watch my mileage fall quickly. someone said it must be because the southern states have more additives in their gas that make cars run smoother. I have no Idea if that’s right or not, but I do see the difference between the two areas.

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