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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hypermiling

If you haven't heard of it by now, you will soon. It's been on the news and it's growing in popularity as gas prices spiral out of control. It's a way to eke a few more miles per gallon out of your existing vehicle if you can't afford to upgrade to a hybrid or downgrade to a stickshift.
Hypermiling 101
1. Put your car in neutral and coast down hills.
2. Put your car in neutral and coast to a stop at stop signs.
3. Refrain from using your brakes.
4. Turn off your defrost/AC when you can. Roll down your windows.
5. Drive 55 on the highway and use the cruise control.
6. Lighten your car by taking heavy things out.
7. Draft off of bigger cars.

Warning: It is very irritating being a passenger in a car with a hypermiler.

8 comments:

SpinachNPeace said...

"Refrain from using your brakes" (except when you're in the car behind me) :)

Beat Black said...

haha, draft off of bigger cars. i remember I was on a highway with a friend and he turned the car off right before our turn.... irritating but what a gas saver!

createascene said...

More like hyperventilating!

One just never knows what you'll come up with, Moon. :-)

Sherryl said...

I don't do #1, but I do coast to stops, to stay off the brakes, (repair is too costly) just not in neutral, too much trouble. Wouldn't that be hard on the transmission? What's cheaper, the repair bill or the transmission.
#4, ac hasn't worked since Shep was a pup.
#6, the heaviest thing in the car is ?????
#7, now I know why I'm always being tailgated.

Metal Diva said...

Or: Buy a Geo Metro! Those little suckers get 40 miles a gallon!

Sully Sullivan said...

Riding a bike also helps save gas. Public transportation too. Either way, these gas prices are insane and things are heading downhill fast like a hypermiling Hummer.

"Where we're going, we won't need roads..."
-Professor, "Back to the Future"

It seems now that he was talking about the not-so-distant future in which no one can afford gas and therefore roads become unnecessary.

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Yazmin said...

Hah! I'm not a hypermiler , but I'm guilty of #4, #5, and #6. lol

StormyDesigns said...

Great ideas, I do most of these, especially the coasting. Thanks for participating.