'Hypermiling' tricks save gas but stir up some criticism

Full story: Baltimore Sun 13
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
TTS - Columbia MD

Baltimore, MD

#1 Jun 11, 2008
She is only saving $100 a year doing that? Not worth it, in my opinion.
Fed up in Towson

Towson, MD

#2 Jun 11, 2008
$100 / year -- that's $8.33 / month -- doesn't even close to offsetting the lost productivity for people of all income levels. This silly fad will go the way of the Atkin's diet. All new cars will use some type of hybrid or diesel tech within five years anyway -- it's inevitable.

If you truly want to save gas -- drive less by consolidating trips or carpooling, or get a scooter or take a bus or train. But "drafting" behind an 18-wheeler on the Beltway is just retarded -- truly an example of advanced Darwinism.
Marshall

Laurel, MD

#3 Jun 11, 2008
This article cites all the usual (and good) ways to raise fuel efficiency, except one which almost all of these types of articles miss: put some space between you and the car in front.

The closer you ride, the more often you'll hit the brakes, especially in rush hour. And your brakes are 100% efficient in converting, into heat energy, the forward motion you got by accelerating.

In other words, when you brake, you're "throwing some of your gas away." You can minimize that wastefulness by Increasing the space between you and the car in front.
Beatfarmer

Laurel, MD

#4 Jun 11, 2008
I started to practice some of the tips and my average mileage went from 25mpg to 30mpg. This in a Honda CR-V rated for 28 on the highway. Most of my commute is on the beltway and 95 through town where the posted speed limit is 55, so my big secret is to...drive the speed limit. It is much less stressful and you never have to worry about a speed ticket or rear ending someone. Most mornings I set my cruise control on 55 and stay right there while most everyone blows by me. Funny thing is I catch up to the same people when we all slow down for traffic or the tunnel.

Go to Wayne Gerdes site and look at some of the techniques.
Hmmmmmmmmm

Germantown, MD

#5 Jun 11, 2008
3 extra miles a gallon....essentially nothing gained.
Hmmmmmmmmm

Germantown, MD

#6 Jun 11, 2008
3 extra miles a gallon....essentially nothing gained. This is about as ridiculous as buying a $12,000 motorcycle to save money on gas.
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#7 Jun 11, 2008
Hmmmmmmmmm wrote:
3 extra miles a gallon....essentially nothing gained. This is about as ridiculous as buying a $12,000 motorcycle to save money on gas.
Depends how long you keep the motorcycle
Apartment Dweller

United States

#8 Jun 11, 2008
100 bucks a year... How much do I pay to get the slow people off the roads?:) You'll save more by combining the trips or just staying at home.

Unless regular gas is recommended by manufacturer, switching to it might cost you more down the road in the car maintenance.
mr water4-car-fuel

Albertville, MN

#10 Jun 19, 2008
Great comments made by the forum, and would like to add.
that people do, use, in their hybirds "Flex-fuel" which means that the car can run any blend up to 85% ethanol as well as regular gasoline. Would'nt it be a even better idea to turn your present auto into a hybrid, there by saving thousands of dollars on a new car payment. And just think you would only need gasoline and water to run your present auto for cleaner emissions.
news braking new water power technology is now making inroads.
http://www.path.to/WATER-AS-CAR-FUEL/
Ethanol is worthless

Champaign, IL

#11 Jul 1, 2008
Do the math on your "flex-fuel" cars. With the increase in the amount of gals purchased due to reduced MPG using ethanol you break even compared to buying gasoline. Then add the increased food prices in the mix due to the demand ethanol has put on the corn industry.
Even beer costs more because less people are growing hops in leu of the corn-price boom. You want to save money on fuel, convert a diesel to burning used cooking oil.
And to those people who think $100 a year doesn't amount to anything, I'll give you my address and all of you can go ahead and drop that check in the mail.
Brian Wegerski

Wellesley Hills, MA

#12 Jul 4, 2008
Hypermiling is ridiculous.$100 or so dollars is not worth the time or risk. There are many more simple things to do to save gasoline, and much more than $100. www.Waystosavegasoline.com is a good source. For example, you can save up 30% of gas expense by driving less aggressively, accelerate slower, etc.
P Diaz

Randallstown, MD

#13 Sep 23, 2008
I don't mind if people wants to practice "hypermiling". My problem is that the mayority of them think that everyone else is obligued to do the same by blocking all lanes on the highway. Please, be mindful and let the rest of us who don't want or don't have the time to "hypermileage" passs by !! I have a 07 Elantra with manual transmision and when the hyghway is clear I get over 35 mpg going steady at 65 mph. I also get better fuel economy and better performance by using premium fuel from a quality brand gasoline rather than using cheap market regular gas. I've found that is not going "hyperslow" what makes a car more fuel efficient but to mantain a constant reasonable speed.
petty

Philippines

#14 Oct 28, 2008
Got heard a lot about hypermiling strategies. And I learned that our driving style has a big impact on fuel economy and by changing it we can improve our fue economy by 37%. Most drivers consume their brakes by 25% more time than they need to. Those who didn't leave much space between their car ([url=http://www.innerauto.com /Saturn_Parts/]saturn parts[/url])and the car in front of them while on the road use their brakes more often.

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