Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Want to get more MPG? Become a hypermiler!

You don't have to own a hybrid to get good gas mileage. You can use use fuel-stretching techniques--like going the speed limit, keeping your car tuned, maintaining proper tire pressure, coasting to a stop, not leadfooting, avoid excessive idling, etc--to save $$$:

Wayne Gerdes, founder of cleanmpg.com and the king of hypermilers, recently drove a Honda Civic hybrid 800 miles from Chicago to New York on a single tank of gas. That works out to 65 mpg.

That's low for Darin Cosgrove of Brockville, Ontario. The co-founder of ecomodder.com averages 69 mpg in his 1998 Geo Metro, a car that got 40 mpg off the showroom floor. He's gotten as many as 133 mpg on a long trip by going slowly and using pulse and glide. He's also modified his car to make it more aerodynamic and tinkered with the drivetrain to improve efficiency.

Read the full article here.

And it's noticeable on the major roadways down here in South Florida that the high cost of gas has forced folks to cut down on unnecessary driving. That's not a bad thing.

1 comment:

UKSteve said...

I am reliably informed that the equivalent average price of petrol in these parts is $8.83 per gallon.

How does that compare to your 'high cost of gas', eh? Eh?