Hypermiling is the act of maximizing your vehicle’s miles-per-gallon regardless of the make/model/year simply by employing “fuel-conserving adjustments” in one’s driving habits according to Wikipedia. Hypermilers try to at-least double their car’s normal mpg. Extreme hypermiling that employs techniques such as not stopping at stop signs or tailgating have been criticized and decried as dangerous by some, but driver’s who wish to save money by using less gas and/or help the environment in this way advocate safe hypermiling.
Hypermiling essentially is the act of becoming more aware of your driving patterns and behavior. Things like quick changes in speed, idling and braking use a lot of fuel. The less aggressive you hit the gas and brake pedal are the key to getting better mpg.
Here are some steps to decrease your fuel consumption by hypermiling:
1) Know your gas mileage:
This is easy to do by simply clicking your mile marker to 0 when you fill up and then the next time you fill up simply divide 1) how many miles you drove since the last fill up by 2) how many gallons you just put into the tank. Once you know your gas mileage you’ll be able to adjust your driving behavior and hopefully boost your mpg rate.
2) Give yourself time to get to your destination and try taking roads with less traffic:
The best way to get high mpg is by driving at a steady pace without a lot of braking or change in speed.
3) Drive slowly and deliberately:
Driving over 60 mph uses more gas, so try to maintain this pace on highways. Pay attention to your surroundings and other vehicles around you. If there is a traffic jam try to move only as fast as the slowest traffic to minimize braking and changing speeds.
4) Don’t be aggressive and use your brakes a lot:
Give the cars in front of you a 2 second buffer, this will allow you to not have to brake as often, if you see them braking you’ll be able to take your foot off the gas pedal to slow down instead of stomping on the brakes if you are closer to them.
5) Minimize the time you idle at red lights:
Take your foot of the gas as soon as you see a red light ahead.
Other things that can help drivers get better mpg are fuel-consumption meters. Dashboard “eco-assist” systems that use GPS to find the most economical route using real time traffic data are now being employed by companies using fleets of cars and trucks according to The Economist.
Dan Steere, chief exec of GreenRoad said to The Economist that the advantages of driving efficiently also correlate with safety.
For instance, driving more smoothly by anticipating manoeuvres and then braking and accelerating lightly not only uses less fuel but also tends to make drivers more alert to avoiding potential accidents.
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