Energy-efficient Driving: Hypermiling, Can it save you money?

With the cost of gas hitting everyone’s pocket books, a new trend seems to have taken hold for some drivers.
Truck on the highway

 Hypermiling has become the newest way to save on gas.

Hypermiling is essentially a method of increasing your vehicles gas mileage by making a number of changes to the way you drive. Some Hypermiling proponents say that you can actually triple your gas millage. While I doubt you’re going to be able to safely triple it, these tips can help you at least keep some extra money in your pockets.

Hypermiling Tips: Saving gas by changing the way you drive.

Keep Track of your Gas Mileage: The first step to increasing your gas mileage is to keep track of how many miles to the gallon you’re actually getting. Start by tracking your normal driving habits over a week, and then slowly add the suggested techniques one at a time. Keep detailed records of what’s working, and what’s not.

Accelerate quickly, but smoothly: Testing has shown that accelerating quickly and smoothly, when combined with proper braking techniques can cut fuel consumption by 35.4 percent.

While most people are often told to accelerate slowly, the fact is, people who push down on the accelerator quickly and then shift quickly seem to be the ones who save the most gasoline. The key is to keep the revolutions per minute low.

Stop Driving aggressively: Aggressive drivers apply there breaks up to 25% more than the average driver. All that extra braking wastes a lot of gas. Fuel economy is increased when acceleration and braking are minimized.

Coasting to the Lights: Let your foot off the gas the second that you see a red light, and then let your vehicle coast to the light. Try to minimize the time you spend fully stopped with your engine idling. Just keep in mind that coasting with a vehicle not in gear is illegal in most U.S. states.

Avoid Traffic: Knowing when, and when not to use certain routes can help you save a lot of money. Before leaving home, check the local traffic conditions of any roads you plan to travel on. The key to saving fuel is to avoid highways where the speeds drop below 45 mph.

Improve your Aerodynamics: Drivers can save gas by driving lighter vehicles and minimizing the amount of cargo they carry. You can also improve your vehicles aerodynamics by removing unnecessary accessories like cargo racks, wind deflectors, and running boards.

Keep your tires properly inflated: The lower the air pressure, the more resistance your vehicle has when rolling down the road. Inflating your vehicle’s tires to the maximum recommended air pressure can increase rolling resistance by approximately 1.4% for every increase of 1 psi. That means that less energy will be lost; increasing your miles per gallon.

Drafting to Save Fuel

Two controversial, not to mention illegal and possibly deadly techniques for saving fuel are riding the ridge and drafting.

Ride the ridge: Riding the ridge means riding along the painted white line of the road, which many claim decreases friction. Friction, or rolling resistance, decreases your fuel economy by adding drag to the vehicle. Riding these lines can help decrease that friction.

Drafting or Tailgating: One thing we want to mention is Drafting. It seems that some hypermiling proponents are actually recommending tailgating or drafting as a method to save gas. While it is true that drafting can help you save some gas, it can also end your life. Saving Gas is great, but it’s not going to help you when you’re dead, or sitting in jail for driving like an idiot.

Have any Fuel Saving Ideas? Let us know.

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