• Mar 11th 2008 at 6:32PM
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Even veteran hypermilers will probably find something worth remembering in this list of 100 ways to increase a vehicle's miles per gallon. Sure, the list starts with the basic, heard-em-before ways to get more distance out of the fuel in the tank of the car you already drive, but how many of you have considered an "ice vest" instead of air conditioning?
If you're just getting into the hypermiling game, EcoTrekker's 100 items (made up of tips, links to other articles to read, and online resources) should provide you with plenty to practice as you drive. Some of my faves are #9 (finding the route with the least amount of traffic and stop signs, even if it's slightly longer) and #77 (ridge riding to avoid puddles). Oh, and #53. :) Missteps in the list include #73 (the Lexus GS hybrid should not be on anyone's list of best cars to hypermile in) and #12 (only works if you already drive a hybrids).

[Source: EcoTrekker / Amy Q]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      My own hypermiling example: I drive an old Honda stick. I know my route by heart. Approaching the crest of any hill, I turn off my engine and coast. The coasting technique and turning off the engine at lights is crucial, as is memorizing your route. My engine is on perhaps a tenth of the route, that is all. My route's speed limit is 35 mph. I don't feel that I jeopardize other drivers because I am very conscious and feel I have good control of my vehicle. I would also not hypermile in this style if there was any variable, such as bad weather or on a high-speed road. I look for times of day when the traffic is light to nonexistent. I coast into parking spots. I always accelerate very gently and never gun the engine. I've been doing this for about five years already and have it down pat. I just now discovered that it has a name: hypermiling - and that others are doing this too! I'd like a bumper sticker!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "It is dangerous to steer a vehicle without power steering. Not only does it take a lot of strength, but tons leverage from a person. Ones does not have total control under most circumstances."

      SORRY, that is ABSOLUTELY FALSE. There are TONS of cars on the road today that DO NOT HAVE PS, and they are no more dangerous that cars WITH PS. Indy Cars DO NOT HAVE PS as is the case with MOST racing cars. Racing cars are built for maximum speed as well as maximum safety and to be kept in TOTAL CONTROL.

      Me - a car mechanic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Number 10 can be misleading. I understand their point, but in most instances (depending on the time of year and location) that merely adds up to a hotter interior. This in turn will cause people to use their A/C... a hypermiling no no.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like most of the points but on cpl I must disagree.

      The idea of turning your gas off to coast into a spot or going down a hill and limited breaking, is very very old . My grandmother used to do it...50 yrs ago. However, there was a reason she stopped. A law was put into effect against driving this way. Particularly when using power steering. It is dangerous to steer a vehicle without power steering. Not only does it take a lot of strength, but tons leverage from a person. Ones does not have total control under most circumstances.

      Today, if a short person is driving, fighting the steering wheel, trying to work the pedals to be advantageous for hypermiling and watching traffic is a formula for an accident around any corner. No matter how vigulent one is, there is only so much one can do when your body is being distorted in different directions at the same time. Women and/or shorter stature ppl can only do so much to maintain control of the vehicle without power steering. One is concentrating all one's efforts into steering, much less anything else.

      Light traffic, not withstanding, playing children...tire blow outs...reckless driving from others, only make these aspects a recipe for an accident.

      I owned a vehicle that got 41 miles to a gallon for over 10 yrs. Was it anything special? Not really.

      I drove a 5 speed stick shift. I didn't jack rabbit start. I stayed at the speed limit. I was very polite and allowed others to go first. I made sure I gave myself plenty of time to be at appointments. I maintained my oil, tuneups, tires, brakes, battery, water exhaust and cleaning the engine check ups. I did an overhaul on the engine after 160,000 miles. Since I lived in the North, I washed the vehicle every week.

      Bottom line, I got 298,000 miles on the car before I got rid of it and I was still getting 41 miles to a gallon....Why did I get rid of it? Diffculty finding parts. I did not have the computer access we enjoy today.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Everyone is being impacted by the high gas prices. You can use these hypermiling tips to save on gas.
      Use the manufacturer’s recommended octane gas on your car instead of a lower grade.
      Use cruise control, but not when you are going downhill. Use it on the highway only. When going downhill, you can decelerate, so that makes it easier to use the hypermiling technique. However, it won’t work when going uphill. Kinetic energy is converted to potential energy as you go uphill and goes back to kinetic energy when going downhill.
      Drive at lower speeds. For example, if you drive at a speed of 70 miles per hour instead of 60 miles per hour, your gas fuel may cost you 17% more.
      Use a lower grade of oil such as 5W-30. The higher grades are thicker and needs more energy to run your vehicle.
      If you carry around any heavy objects on your car such as a bike, you should take it off and only use it when you need it. For every additional load, you will suffer loss in energy fuel efficiency.
      Never leave your engine running idle. Some people start their cars and leave it to warm up. Why? This is never a good idea. Or they may stop somewhere for a minute and leave the car running. Turn the car off if you are not ready to move it. It doesn’t take that much gas to restart the car. It takes more gas to keep it running idle.
      Stop using the brakes continuously when driving. When you step on your brakes, you burn more gas. Drive a distance away from the car in front of you because every time that motorist steps on their gas, you will have to do the same if you are tailgating that car.
      When you see the yellow light, slow down. You don’t have to accelerate to stop from getting the red light. You burn more gas when you try to accelerate to beat the stop lights.
      Try to avoid the peak hour traffic or take a different route than the highway. When you are in stop and go traffic, you use more gas than ever. You will save yourself so much more on gas, if you anticipate the rush hour and change your
      schedule to avoid it.
      More tips can be found at http://hypermiling-gas-price.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      rivbo -

      Huh?

      I few up with lots of cars that didn't have power steering.

      But I haven't seen a new production road car without power steering in quite some time. Indy cars are hardly relevant to civilian MPG effors.

      What current production cars don't have power steering? How many cars without power steering have been produced in the last 10 years?
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