Starting Every Day With a Full Tank
Back in January of 2012, I bought an electric car assuming that I'd need to monitor my range closely, and at first that was true—you need to give yourself a while to become used to your range limits, given varying commutes and schedules. As time passed, though, I've become super comfortable about where I can drive my car and whether I need to worry about range during my drive. I've maybe become too comfortable, as I drive less efficiently than when I first bought the car. I chalk that up to the feeling of jumping away from red lights with instant torque. Once I became used to the range, a minor benefit has stuck out more over time: Always starting my day out with a full charge.
Every night I charge my car to 80% (or 100% on some days), and every morning I leave my parking garage with the same, full charge. I drove gasoline cars all through high school and while working in college. During that time, I remember having to plan out my gas station trips. You glance at the gas gauge every now and then, and in your head you say, "I'll probably stop for gas soon." These days, I only have to do that if I'm driving some irregular route, or some unusual errand. I start every day with the same amount of range, and have to worry less about driving around in general. It's a small thing, sure. But in my time as an EV driver, I've come to really enjoy it.