Posted at 10:31 AM on June 11, 2008
by Sanden Totten
Imagine if fuel efficiency was an extreme sport. That's basically what hypermiling is. Hypermilers are folks who compete to get the best gas mileage possible out of their cars (here's a story we did a while back).
And thanks to Wired on-line, the wisdom of the hypermilers is available to you. Check out how to get more than 40 dollars a gallon without buying a hybrid. They have tips for the novice and the expert petrol pincher, the most radical being the draft method (from the Wired article):
"This one's controversial because it's dangerous. But we trust you: Inch up behind, say, an 18-wheeler, and kill the engine as you enter its slipstream (you'll feel it). You're drafting now, getting pulled along by the truck's gas instead of your own."
Of course, there are other, less life threatening tips, like emptying your trunk of the useless crap weighing down your car. And using your breaks less in traffic by coasting. They warn though, this last technique may earn you some "middle-finger salutes" from your fellow motorists. But hey, at $4.00 + a gallon, a little verbal abuse is a small price to pay for fuel efficiency.
And if you want the skinny on what gas saving tips don't actually work, check out this story from NPR. (Spoiler alert: Clean air-filters have no effect on gas usage).
Got any other tips for saving gas?