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Using These Hypermiling Tips Will Increase The Fuel Economy Of Any Vehicle
Hypermiling tips are going to help you get a regular vehicle to the point of extreme fuel economy through changes in driving habits and vehicle modifications. Driving for extreme fuel economy is not for everybody. Maybe you're happy having your car tuned up and changing your driving habits to get the fuel economy numbers your vehicle is supposed to get, there's nothing wrong with that!
There are however, those that want more. Extremists who know that a Honda Civic is capable of 70 mpg. Most vehicles can get far better fuel economy than what they are rated for. To push beyond the stock numbers though requires more major modifications and changes to driving habits. If you've tried learning economical driving habits and your car is optimized for fuel efficiency and you still want better mpg, you may want to check out hypermiling. Here are my top 5 hypermiling tips for extreme fuel economy.
1. Install Low Rolling Resistance Tires On Your Car
Not all tires are created equal. There are tires for street performance, off-road performance, snow performance, rain performance and highway performance. What most people don't know is that there are tires out there that are optimized for fuel economy. These are called low rolling resistance tires and can be bought at most major tire stores. Simply put, these tires take less energy to turn than regular tires, and thus will use less fuel.
Low rolling resistance tires are a must for extreme fuel economy, but may not perform as well in other areas. It's important to do some research on the type of tires you need and make sure that your low rolling resistance tires will perform satisfactorily in other areas. You may want to consider low rolling resistance tires for summer and have a spare set for winter driving.
2. Ignition Kill Switch
This seems a little crazy but that's what hypermiling is all about! Don't pay to go somewhere that gravity is willing to take you for free! Consider having a switch installed that kills power to your fuel injectors, thus stalling the engine when you roll down hills. This can be dangerous and may be illegal in some areas so make sure you understand the risks and the laws before doing this.
Don't ever just turn off the ignition to roll down a hill. This can lock your steering wheel and cause an accident. This is why a switch is necessary, just push the button, put in the clutch, and roll for free! Leave tons of distance between you and the car in front of you while rolling as you may have reduced braking performance. You may consider having an electric vacuum pump installed to power your brakes while rolling. Remember, these are hypermiling tips for extreme fuel economy...when nothing else will do! Significant mpg increases can be realized from this tip alone!
3. Fuel Consumption Display
Many newer cars now have a real-time fuel consumption meter. These are quite accurate and are a must when hypermiling. Luckily, there are a few aftermarket fuel consumption displays available for people hypermiling with older cars. These are reasonably simple to install and can help you adjust your driving habits to increase fuel economy.
4. Avoid Stopping
Every time you stop your car, you are wasting energy. Your brakes take the kinetic energy of your moving vehicle, and turn it into heat. I'm not suggesting that you run stop signs, but there are lots of legal ways to take advantage of and keep your momentum. Watch walk signals and opposing traffic and master the art of knowing when a light will change. If you can't make it through a light, slow down early and try to keep the vehicle moving and conserve your momentum. Even if you slow down to 20 mph it will take much less energy to get back up to speed than it would from a standstill.
5. Increase Aerodynamic Efficiency
This is especially important on the highway at higher speed. Having your window cracked or sunroof open creates drag which uses more fuel. Close the sunroof and the windows whenever possible. If you have A/C, it's best to cycle it on and off. Cool the car, and then shut it off until needed again.
These hypermiling tips are varied in their level of difficulty but can be implemented by anybody who is serious about fuel economy. Hypermiling is hands down the best way to save money on fuel but it does require some extra effort. If you want to implement these tips and learn more ways to hypermile, I suggest finding and joining a fuel economy forum online.