Hypermiling Tips For The Reasonable Hypermiler

As with anything Jubbling, hypermiling can be taken to an extreme. It’s the idea of exceeding your car’s posted fuel economy rating, or MPG, Go Around Me.  I'm Hypermiling.by changing your driving habits and through vehicle maintenance. Some people take hypermiling to level “crazy” but by taking it to this level, they could compromise their safety and the safety of others with their extreme techniques. Ideas like drafting and Driving-Without-Brakes (DWB) are more in-line with NASCAR and less about saving fuel driving on public roadways.

We’ve done a little research and here is the “Best Of” suggestions that drivers can adopt now to improve their gas mileage:

  1. Check Your Air Filter – Nearly one in four cars needs an air filter replacement. A clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%. [The Daily Green]
  2. Multi-Task With Your Daily Routine – You will essentially cut distance traveled and fuel usage in half by making all your stops at once, instead of taking lots of short roundtrips. [Popular Mechanics]
  3. Anticipate – A fuel-efficient strategy is to anticipate what is happening ahead, and drive in such a way so as to minimize acceleration and braking, and maximize coasting time. [Wikipedia]
  4. Do Not Accelerate Quickly Or Brake Heavily – This reduces fuel economy by as much as 33 percent at highway speeds and 5 percent around town. [Tips 4-9 from CleanMPG.com]
  5. Do Not Idle If Not Necessary – Consider shutting down your vehicle if stopped for more than 7-seconds as that is all the fuel it takes to restart a modern day, fuel-injected engine.
  6. Slow Down – This increases aerodynamic drag (wind resistance) and mechanical friction which reduces fuel economy.
  7. Remove Cargo Or Cargo Racks – Cargo and/or racks on top of your vehicle (e.g., cargo boxes, canoes, etc.) increase aerodynamic drag and lower fuel economy.
  8. Minimize Running Electrical Accessories – Running electrical accessories (e.g., air conditioner) decreases fuel economy. Operating the air conditioner on “Max” can reduce MPG by roughly 5-30% compared to not using it.
  9. Maintain Your Automobile – A poorly tuned engine burns more fuel, so fuel economy will suffer if it is not in tune. Improperly aligned or under inflated tires can lower fuel economy, as can brake drag.

Wayne Gerdes of CleanMPG.com is considered the father of Hypermiling and is often credited with coming up with the term. Here is a 2008 video from CNN of Wayne Gerdes showing Reporter Miles O’Brien how he hypermiles:

[youtube width=”384″ height=”231″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGeCL2RSuHs[/youtube]

Fred Flintstone Barney RubbleYou get the idea that Wayne would opt for the “Fred Flintstone” feature on his car if he could. Then it would be easier to give it a running start from inside the car.

Hypermiling really came to the fore in 2008 as gas prices in the U.S reached $4/gallon and it went extreme about that time too. Jubbling, however, is not about extremes. It’s about small ideas that are easy to adopt and will make a difference. So please stick to tips 1-9 and you should be fine.

Related links: Cruise to Gas Savings, Walk Around Town