Old Hilander doing 11kpl from Laguna to Baguio one way

With 4 Liters of Caltex HD Diesel Oil plus one 250ml. bottle of GTO, an old Hilander Isuzu SUV was driven non stop for 8 hours more or less, inclusive of 5 stopovers sleeping in the vehicle without switching the engine off... and over 303 Kilometers of driving from Laguna to Baguio City.

The fuel diesel consumption was only 26 Liters!

Average speed in NLEX and SCTEX was about 110kph;

Average speed uphills all the way to Baguio was 60kph... top speed was 70kph and the lowest was 40kph during the final stretch.

Passing brand new Stradas and Much better condition Revos was like a piece of cake... and we didn't felt like the Isuzu needs a pushing... Driving confidence was very much high!

There is still visible smoke from the tail pipe... colored white, but it dissipates immediately... and it's not that offensive... we will test the emissions on the way back to Manila.

The tyre pressure wasn't checked so we have no idea what PSI it is.

After crunching the numbers... we estimated that the cost of the trip per kilometer is only P4.00!

Big smile on my face here.... :-)

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Notes to ponder

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Cutting back on soot emissions would buy us time in our fight against global warming. Soot is caused by the partial burning of fossil fuels, wood and vegetation. Soot is known to contain over forty different cancer causing chemicals, and a complete cut would offer untold health benefits worldwide.

Environmental conservation has always been a topic for lengthy discussions, but up until recent times, global warming and climate changes were vague subjects, with no hard proof. Not surprisingly, the previous lack of attention to these issues have created a very gloomy outlook on our future. So, considering all this, what could be the biggest contributor to climate changes through global warming? Transportation - the man-made iron horses, flying machines and sea monsters, so to speak.

The question we have now is how green is our transportation? The majority of the worlds' vehicles are fueled by oil (petrol, diesel and kerosene). Even if they rely on electricity, the stations used to generate this electricity use fossil fuels for power! Excluding vehicle manufacture, transportation is responsible for 14% of the artificially created greenhouse emissions, mostly carbondioxide.

Automobiles, trains and planes are all responsible for this problem, but cars are the highest impact-makers. They release approximately six times more carbondioxide than a plane and seven times more than sea vessels.

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Air pollution is not a new phenomenon; in Medieval times, the burning of coal was forbidden in London while Parliament was in session. Air pollution problems have dramatically increased in intensity as well as scale due to the increase in emissions since the Industrial Revolution.