‘Hypermiling’ means changing your driving techniques and habits to get the maximum MPGs out of a tank of petrol in your car.
You can hypermile in any car – it’s a good way to reduce both fuel costs and wear and tear of the vehicle, and it can also help you drive more safely.
Techniques used in hypermiling include:
- Ensuring the car tyres are at the correct pressure.
- Decluttering the car to remove unnecessary weight.
- Keeping the car in good condition and serviced regularly.
- Removing roof racks etc and keeping windows closed to reduce drag.
- Turning off air conditioning to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%.
- Anticipating changes to reduce use of the brakes.
- Planning the route to drive more smoothly without stopping and starting.
- Turning off the engine in queuing traffic.
- Driving more slowly – a car doing 50 mph uses 30% less fuel than a car doing 70 mph.
- Using thinner engine oil.
- Driving in soft shoes or socks to develop more sensitive use of the throttle pedal.
If you are planning to give it a go – be warned – it’s addictive! Nempimania is the term used to describe an obsession with getting the best fuel economy possible!
You can find more information on hypermiling techniques at wikiHow.
See also the Green Car Guide
Of course, the biggests savings are made by leaving the car at home. Over one third of car journeys are less than two miles – cycling or walking sometimes on shorter trips might even turn out to be more enjoyable than a car ride and good exercise too.