Hypermiling and more gas saving tips

Posted on July 18, 2008. Filed under: Travel & Leisure | Tags: , , , , |

From an article that appeared in the Dallas Morning News last week:

Hypermilers are an emerging subculture born of the ability to track gas mileage via a dashboard gauge. Hypermilers use a variety of techniques to maximize fuel efficiency: airing the tires up to or beyond the recommended pressure, forgoing air conditioning, coasting whenever possible (sometimes with the engine off), timing their arrivals at intersections to hit green lights and traveling around 50 mph on the highway.

One hypermiler quoted in the article, has been squeezing 85 to 90 mpg out of his hybrid Insight, a car rated at 53 mpg.

More Gas Saving Tips from the article:

Digital mileage gauge: This device hooks into the vehicle’s computer and gives instant feedback on fuel consumption, allowing drivers to see what practices burn excess fuel. It costs about $150.

Tires: Filling tires to the recommended or maximum pressure can have a big impact on fuel economy. While there is less friction in a highly pressurized tire, it also can make the ride bumpier.

Speed: Varying speeds can be ideal for gas mileage, but driving more than 60 mph always decreases fuel economy substantially. Every 5 mph over 60 mph reduces fuel economy by the equivalent of 30 cents per gallon.

Weight: Keep the car as light as possible. Every 100 pounds off the vehicle can increase fuel economy by 1 percent to 2 percent.

Gas and brake pedals: Only use the pedals when absolutely necessary, which means keeping an eye on the road ahead and planning your drives accordingly. Don’t accelerate toward a stop sign. Coming to a complete stop nets 0 miles per gallon, so setting a pace in a traffic crunch and timing green lights can go a long way toward helping gas mileage.

Sources: fueleconomy.gov and hypermiling expert Wayne Gerdes

Consumerreports.org has a great summary of more gas saving tips:
1. Drive at a moderate speed
2. Drive smoothly
3. Reduce unnecessary drag
4. Don’t use premium fuel if you don’t have to
5. Minimize drivng with a cold engine
6. Keep tires properly inflated
7. Buy tires with lower rolling resistance
8. Avoid idling for long periods

as well as some gas saving myth busters explained (i.e., doing these does not really help you save money or gas):
1. Fill up in the morning
2. Air conditioning vs. open windows
3. Replacing your air filter

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Great Summary of Hypermiling Tips !


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