#8- Hypermiling can be advantageous
Everyone loves to live a little bit dangerously now and then and hypermilers have been known to go to extreme lengths to squeeze out as much gas as possible from their cars oftentimes using dangerous techniques like drafting inches away from trucks or driving well below the speed limit, but there are a few techniques that would behoove you to learn. If you don’t know what hypermiling is, read up here.
1. Hypermilers love to cruise at their most efficient speed- To figure out the most efficient speed your car can travel the general rule of thumb without having to deal with all the math is to bring your car up to its highest gear and bring engine RPM’s down to the lowest your car can handle before it downshifts or lugs on its own. Keep that speed in mind, and the longer you stay at that speed, that’s where you’re earning the best efficiency from your engine. Typically that means driving RIGHT at the speed limit and in the slow lane.
2. Use gravity as your friend- If your car is in tip-top shape, if you’re going downhill go ahead and accelerate to the normal speed of the fastest cars on the road that conditions will allow. When you’re going up hills, don’t even think about accelerating. Maintain the same speed throughout the uphill climb.
3.Accelerate quickly, but smoothly. Think a plane getting off the runway.
4. Windows down below 45 MPH, windows up and AC on above 45 MPH.
5. Strip the weight- Take out absolutely everything unnecessary from your car inside and out. That means roof-racks that mess with drag up top and everything but tools and a spare tire in the boot.
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