Hypermiling, sorta

Suddenly hypermiling is the word du jour so I thought I’d let myself get caught up in the fervour. Well, not really, but I have been mixing up my driving habits with some good results.

This morning the OBC was indicating 30.1mpg after 350-odd miles, something I have never seen all the time I’ve owned the ’05. Better yet, the low-fuel light was yet to come on so it looked like I would finally get my first ever 400 mile tank. But then I was stymied – by an Arco gas station selling premium at 3.925. I’d almost certainly be paying 20c a gallon more if I waited close to 400 miles and eventually the luxury of paying less than $4 a gallon won out. My actual mpg came out to be 29.1, my highest ever.

My new driving habits? Nothing earth-shattering, just trying to pull away more evenly, drive the speed limit on the flat and uphill, floor it like I own it on the downslopes.

5 thoughts on “Hypermiling, sorta”

  1. You are spot on with what you are saying, hypermiling has lots of techniques, some basic and some extreme. You can read more about these techniques here ;

    http://www.carbasics.co.uk/what_is_hypermiling.htm

    The message is the same though, you don’t have to be 2-wheeling it around corners to keep your momentum going (but it can be fun), common sense and a little looking at your own drivng skills (and others) or lack of can make a big difference to your wallet in these hard times.

    http://www.carbasics.co.uk/what_is_hypermiling.htm

  2. Hello from Holland.

    Over here petrol is beyond stupid. I see the US heading this way very, very quickly now so hang onto your seat and wallet, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride for quite a while.

    Never heard of this term.

    Sunday it’s off to the International MINI Meet.

  3. Similiar techniques have been working quite well for me. I got 30MPG out of my last tank that was almost entirely city driving.

    This is good practice and stuff to keep in mind. While I don’t think gas will be getting much more expensive than it is now (supply and demand will be kicking in at some point in the near future I think), I also think the days of truly ‘cheap’ gas are behind us.

  4. This string caught my attention, but still a little surprised there isn’t as many comments as I expected. I’ll keep checking back since this is a hot topic for me personally.

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