Hypermiling is all about getting increased mileage for each gallon of gasoline that you put into your vehicle. The extra miles that you manage to extract from your fuel by strategic driving of your car are the so-called ‘hypermiles’. So, what are the steps you need to follow to become a hypermiler?
It turns out that gaining hypermiles is simple if you follow some basic techniques.
1. Know the exact mileage of your car. Your trip odometer can be employed to read the ‘miles per gallon of gasoline or MPG’ you get from your vehicle and this is a reflection of fuel efficiency. Once you start recording from your trip odometer and start calculating the MPG after each gas refill, you have taken the first step towards becoming a hypermiler.
2. Ensure that your car tires have been inflated to their recommended maximum levels. It has been shown that fully inflated tires will demand less energy to move the vehicle forward compared to under- inflated tires. Equally important is the maintenance of correct wheel balance and alignment as these influence car mileage.
3. Driving the car at its optimum speed is advisable. Each vehicle has its own optimum speed, at which it gives the maximum miles per gallon. Although this optimum speed varied from vehicle to vehicle, it ranges from 45 kilometers per hour to even 80 kilometers per hour. Thus, knowing the optimum speed of your car and trying to drive around that speed will help you become a hypermiler.
4. Judicious application of brakes. Unnecessary braking of your vehicle serves to convert gasoline into heat indirectly, and thus results in wastage of fuel. If you maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front while driving, you will need to brake less frequently. When you see the vehicle in front slowing down, you can ‘cruise’ along the road, dropping the accelerator and apply brakes only for a very short time and that too less frequently.
5. As far as possible drive the vehicle in its highest gear. This has special meaning to vehicles that permit manual gear transmission. There is solid evidence to show that the maximum efficiency of a vehicle is attained in high gear. Also, constant gear change causes fuel efficiency to drop drastically.
6. Accelerate gradually after stops, drive light-weigh vehicles and use low weight motor or engine oil for your vehicle.