You don't need an expensive hybrid vehicle or car computer to get the most miles per gallon out of your car. Hypermiling is a set of techniques that maximize your MPG.
Some common techniques are:
Don't drive aggressively
Don't go over the speed limit
Avoid coming to a complete stop
Try to accelerate as slowly as possible
Using neutral when going down hills
Some uncommon techniques are"
Drafting behind trucks
Using centripetal force to go around turns fast
Over-inflating your tires to reduce friction
We took a look at how what kind of MPG we got out of our Toyota Matrix when doing basic hypermiling around town. We averaged 61 MPG when hypermiling and 27 MPG when driving normal. At some points on the trip going down hill in neutral we got up to 247 MPG.
If you have any of your own techniques or stories of your own hypermiling let's hear it.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:08 PM by optikalefx