It's even better if you assume that the 26mpg is US mpg (due to the poster
having a US ComCast IP address) - that means more like 30 mpg imperial (here
in the UK) :)
I'm not sure that my own car is going to be a useful comparison, but my '93
320i saloon is doing around 25 mpg (UK) in city driving (which means 3 miles
to work and back on A roads in the outskirts of Birmingham with a bunch of
roundabouts and a lot of gear shifting, and max speed of 30 - 35 mph), and
around 35-40 mpg on the motorway at 70mph.
Regarding roads, the US mile *is* the Imperial Mile, which in turn *is*
the International Mile. So the British and American values are the same.
This mile does, however, differ from the US Survey Mile, which is precisely
3 millimeters longer -- hardly a major difference.
Although feeding back into the original question is obviously incorrect, as
30 + (30/2) is not equal to 30. While equations can be manipulated to give a
variety of results, there is only one solution to the actual problem posed
in the first place :P
This also feeds back into my job - I find IT people with a degree that is
engineering based (Mech/Aero eng) tend to be better equipped to handle real
life programming situations than Comp Sci/Math degree holders ;)
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