Monday, August 25, 2014
In a world of low pay Keep calm and Hypermile
One-way to make it when you are broke is to Hypermile your car.
(Driving in "N" with your engine turned off!)
This is better done in small towns with less traffic being that in time
your breaks will fade and stop working in around 60 seconds after
the engine is off, so stopping fast will not happen,
you will need to start the engine to get the breaks to work.
Life is slower in the country, really! So you driving with your engine
turned off? You will fit in with traffic more, that's good,
but it's your money they don't give you a pay check and you need
to make it so Hypermile away!
So really it takes some planing before you go all out with the engine off.
But you can turn off your engine at the stop lights and start it at the green light.
Also you can drive at low RPM's but in, overdrive, top gear if you can.
Turn off the engine where you can. Overall there are ways.
All out if your car gets 21 MPG and 6 gallons of gas last you a week
and from Hypermiling your car with no engine on now last two weeks,
you get 42 MPG and that is not bad when you have
$6 in the bank to last until payday!
****Basic Hypermiling Techniques
1. SLOW DOWN! Drive the speed limit or below. Wind resistance is exponential to speed.
2. Turn the car off at long stops. If you spend more than 7 seconds at a stop, you can
save fuel by turning the car off.
3. Coast to stops. Lift off the throttle and coast into stops. Hypermilers sometimes put the
car into neutral and turn it off. This burns zero fuel and has infinite mpg.
Be careful here as your power steering and brakes may not work.
Also remember not to lock the steering column.
4. Accelerate lightly. Use the cruise control to accelerate or coast. The + and - buttons
on your cruise control will speed you up by 1-2 mph at a time.
This is a perfect rate of acceleration for saving fuel.
****Drive like a Hypermiler
1. Momentum is your vehicle's friend. It takes a lot of fuel to get your vehicle up to speed
and excessive or unnecessary braking eats up the fuel and dollar savings of momentum.
So here's the first lesson of Hypermiling. Let your vehicle's momentum guide your
driving style. When you start from a complete stop, accelerate at a medium slow pace
and try to avoid complete stops when possible. Fast starts from a standing start wastes fuel
Your vehicle's best fuel efficiency occurs in the highest gears available when
driving. Lower gears use the most fuel, so when you accelerate from a stop, ease your
acceleration up to the proper speed for the road you are traveling upon
(thus utilizing the top gear available for the speed at which you are traveling).
Also, as you drive, try to anticipate possible slow downs ahead and ease off the gas
early instead of waiting and braking heavier later.
Hypermiler's attempt to drive in such a way as to utilize their brakes as little as is
safely possible. This driving style allows your vehicle to stay in higher gears longer
as you drive and avoid wasting helpful momentum by excessive braking
(including avoiding unneeded braking when going down hills,
and when appropriate, letting the vehicle simply roll down hills).
2. Drive at peak efficiency speed. Most cars are engineered to be at their peak
fuel efficiency between 45 and 65 miles per hour. Driving at the appropriate
speed limit, up to speed limits of 65 miles an hour will yield the best efficiency.
Speeds above 65 MPH begin to reduce fuel efficiency as your vehicle's drag will
begin to reduce your fuel mileage at an exponential rate.
It has been studied and found that every 5 MPH over 65MPH reduces fuel economy
by about 5 percent. A 5 percent loss in fuel efficiency could result in a realized additional
cost of 22 cents extra per gallon of fuel used via excessive speed.
You will find that most Hypermilers look to drive right up to the speed limit, up to,
but not over 65 MPH (even if the speed limit is above 65 MPH).
3. Use Cruise Control. If your vehicle is equipped with cruise control, learn to
utilize it more frequently. Cruise control maintains speed for your vehicle and more
optimally uses fuel as you drive. Cruise control limits acceleration and therefore
reduces fuel consumption.
4. Reduce weight carried in your vehicle. If you have extra items in your vehicle
that are just taking up space and adding weight, such as bags, golf clubs, etc.,
consider removing them to reduce the weight load on your vehicle's motor.
Your vehicle's motor burns fuel to gain and maintain momentum.
Weight works against your motor creating the need to use more fuel to
gain and maintain your vehicle's momentum. 100 pounds of excessive weight
could reduce your fuel efficiency by 2 to 5 percent
(or 9 to 27 cents extra realized cost per gallon at $4.50 a gallon).