Hypermiling : for Hybrid Cars or SUV Drivers or any Vehicle in Between
What is hypermiling? According to a a fantastic August 2006 story in the Washington Post,
it is a method of increasing your car's gas mileage by making skillful
changes in the way you drive, allowing you to save gas and thereby have
an easier time withstanding the rising oil and gas prices.
Check out this video showing some basic hypermiling tips being given on electronic signage at busy intersections... in India!.
This CNN.com Article
gives a fantastic explanation of some of the basic concepts behind hypermiling.
Cars used to get higher mileage in the past, especially
during the 1980's, since we had learned something from the 1973 oil
embargo. Remember the 50 MPG Diesel Rabbit? And a 1989 Mazda Pickup -
B2200 - got 33 miles per gallon on the highway, yet the currently
available pickup - a B2600 - gets in the neighborhood of 20 MPG. WTF?!
Think about the money ramifications: MPG then, now. Gasoline
consumption then, now. Fuel prices then, now. Who is getting rich?
Remember the window sticker on your car when you bought it? Did you ever get the
miles per gallon that it showed? I certainly never did. Normally I got as much as 1/3 less
MPG than the value advertised.
See the hypermiling How-To
Watch your Miles Per Gallon
|Check your tire pressure regularly with one of these electronic tire pressure gauges