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Robin Quinn's driving instructor would be proud. Nearly four decades after Quinn started driving, she has abandoned some bad habits - the lead foot, for example. Full Story
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billy bob

Towson, MD

#1 Jun 11, 2008
wtf these people r going from one extreme to the other. I get hyper when near these hypermilers or W(hatever)TF you call em.
Robin

Baltimore, MD

#2 Jun 11, 2008
Thanks, Liz. The article is great and the additional information very helpful. In response to the comment that "old folks" do this, I say yes, we do and save money while we are at it. The time saved rushing around is so minimal that giving yourself an additional 5 minutes to travel will allow you to try this without affecting your arrival time.
Robin

Baltimore, MD

#3 Jun 11, 2008
billy bob, while I will continue to try to save money by hypermiling, I will also do my best to not impede your progress on the road. I will always pull out of the way of those who desire to go faster.
Gman

Pikesville, MD

#4 Jun 11, 2008
Drive sensibly and safely - you will have no issues aside from those at the pump.
Manuel

Arlington, VA

#6 Jun 11, 2008
Stupid.$100 a year is a pittance, the media covers this like its a great new thing.

How 'bout ride sharing, take the bus, ride a bike, etc. that might have real impact.
Robin

Baltimore, MD

#7 Jun 11, 2008
It was Gerde's video clip that started me on this "journey". I must say, however, that rather than "drinking the kool aid", I make my own decisions how best to utilize the concepts shared. I'm one of the first to be irked by someone impeding my progress on the road. I am also one of the first to give way to those who wish to proceed more quickly.
Robin

Baltimore, MD

#8 Jun 11, 2008
Manuel, no bus route to my job, to far for a bike and the short 15-minute commute seriously limits the number of people with whom to share a ride. However, your ideas are great for those for whom it would be feasible. In my budget, even $100 a year a considerable.
Richard

Catonsville, MD

#9 Jun 11, 2008
With my Corolla and my former lead foot, I used to get about 310 miles per tank. Now, that is around 420, and I hope to hit 500.
My main techniques are driving slower, gliding to stop lights and stop signs, turning off the car at long city lights, inflating my tires, and, basically, just trying not to hit the brake.
Am I doing anything unsafe? No. On 95 I drive about 60-65, as opposed to 75-80.
Richard

Catonsville, MD

#11 Jun 11, 2008
Gerdes is not a little touched in the head. A little touched in the head are those who drive 90 and get in crashes every AM on 795 and 95. He was not on a highway
GoGreen-moregasf orme

Laurel, MD

#12 Jun 11, 2008
I have been doing it to a degree but you really need to be aware of the drivers around you. All it takes is some courtesy and common sense. That line is funny - espically with the a - hole drivers in Maryland.
Steve

Bethesda, MD

#13 Jun 11, 2008
On highways and backroads when you are heading down hill or on long straigt aways, you can put your car in neutral and drift. With that and doing the speed limit, I went from 33mpg to 43mpg and am now averaging 440 miles to a tank of gas. Instead of 5 days to a tank, I get about 9.
Mar

Ellicott City, MD

#14 Jun 11, 2008
I don't do all of the hypermiler techniques, but since I started driving 60 mph on the Beltway and turning my car off at certain lights on my morning commute that I know are relatively long, I've increased my Saturn Vue's mpg from 22 to 25.5, which saves nearly 2 gallons every 300 miles. I'll take it.
Mar

Ellicott City, MD

#15 Jun 11, 2008
One more thing - you have to LOVE this comment:

Ed Kriston of AAA said that the automobile group encourages gentle driving to save gas but discourages aggressive types of hypermiling.

"Some of the things they do are very dangerous," he said. He pointed to drivers going below the speed limit on highways such as Interstate 795, where the limit is typically higher than those posted on most highways.

*** end of quote ***

Uh, Mr. Kriston, what about the maniacs going 75 or more? I'd rather be around someone going 5 miles below the speed limit than 10 or 15 miles above it!
David

Catonsville, MD

#16 Jun 11, 2008
A couple more tips. Buy your own coffee and dont drive to Starbucks, 7/11, Dunkin Donuts etc. Saves gas and money. Ride your bike. Walk.
Do not warm up your car. Get in and go. Do not idle. 10 seconds is the rule for most modern, fuel-injected cars.
Use the lowest weight oil in your car.
Patriot

Elizabethtown, PA

#17 Jun 11, 2008
Penny wise and pound foolish.
Unsafe at any speed.
JayT

Washington, DC

#18 Jun 11, 2008
Reducing speed is the best way to save gas. I'm not old and the 5 minutes longer it takes me to commute is not worth more than the 6mpg benefit from sticking to the speed limit.

I'm not sure a couple of tactics are worth the potential risks in the long run:

Wouldn't shifting into neutral cause more wear & tear on your transmission? Potential early repair bills for that would offset some (or all) of the fuel savings there.

And even though it's not endorsed, drafting big rigs to save MPG is offset by the increased risk of being pelted with rocks kicked up by those big tires...and if there's anything in the roadway you won't have time to see & avoid hitting it behind the trailer. Tailgating is NEVER worth the risk.
David

Catonsville, MD

#19 Jun 11, 2008
Shifting to neutral does not cause more wear and tear on your vehicle, be it a manual or automatic.
Tailgating is not a great idea.
Os Fan

Manassas, VA

#20 Jun 11, 2008
Junk. Pure junk. Save $100 per year by spending many, many more hours commuting? No thanks. I'd rather put my time to good use instead of putting around the roads and clogging them up for everyone else. Efforts should be spent to find REAL ways to make cars more fuel effecient or even fuel independent.
Robin

Washington, DC

#21 Jun 11, 2008
HRC, no offense taken. I was looking for a method to save fuel on my own without drastically changing my life-style. The added benefits are substantial and the difference in commute time is negligible. This works. Period.
Alexander

United States

#23 Jun 11, 2008
One terrific way for Baltimore to reduce unnecessary idling would be to eliminate dozens or hundreds of "unnecessary" or "redundant" traffic lights, or at least set them to four-way flashers during off-peak hours. Unfortunately, this city can spend $10 million on a program that was supposed to help synchronize the city's traffic lights for better traffic flow, only to see no discernible effect for it.

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