With minor changes to their driving habits, some drivers have achieved hybrid-like performance from fuel guzzling vehicles. These drivers, known as “hypermilers”, are pushing the limits of existing technology without using any aftermarket devices. Since gas prices are heading towards the stratosphere, more and more drivers are looking to hypermilers for driving tips and fuel saving ideas. On the website CleanMPG.com, a group of hypermilers claim to have saved more than 185,000 gallons of gas.
So, how do they do it?
The biggest improvements result from modifications to the driver. Initial changes are simply abiding by the speed limit, keeping right, maintaining safe spacing between vehicles, and paying full attention to driving, including no cell phone use while driving.
Remember that safety on the highway is an important part of achieving fuel efficiency. Don’t try driving 55 mph in the far left lane of the tollway! Unless you want to become a road rage statistic, you might want to check out this guide to hypermiling etiquette.