The term Hypermiling is the art of driving economically and exceeding vehicle manufacturers stated efficiency by modifying driving habits and techniques. This can be a great way to save on fuel costs, there are lots of tips and tricks to hyper mile from coasting to dragging behind other vehicles, which most we would brand us unsafe, these are our top tips to on how to safely hypermile.
- To maximise your fuel efficiency, we would recommend trying to change up a gear before you reach 2,000 in a diesel car, and 2,500 revs in a petrol car. Changing gears like this can help you achieve fuel savings and the most efficient speed you can travel in a car in terms of achieving the best fuel economy is 55-65mph.anything above this though, and the fuel efficiency suffers greatly. For example, driving at 85mph uses 40% more fuel than at 70mph
- Try to anticipate the road ahead as much as you can, (we don’t mean like a Jedi knight) but by driving as smoothly as possible and avoiding harsh breaking or accelerating rapidly, you will save fuel and reduce maintenance costs.
- Car heaters don’t in general, use up much fuel, as it’s a common misconception that they use lots of fuel. At speeds less than 40mph, opening the window slightly won’t really affect fuel use either but having it open after this does reduce you vehicles streamlining. The worst culprit is air conditioners; this not only saps power from the engine but also uses up a considerable amount of fuel in all weathers.
- A modern car won’t reach is most economical state until approximately its travelled 5 miles, this means that having short journey are more taxing than long journeys in general but also having the engine “warm up” before starting a journey is effectively just wasting fuel as is revving the engine in an idling state.
- Remove roof racks and boxes when not in use as they cause considerable drag, by making your vehicle less aerodynamic.
- Strip any excessive weight from your car, even fuel, yes even fuel! The more weight that a car has the harder the engine has to work to move it, this is why in many performance car races they fill it to the needed level not to the top as they can drive faster and use less fuel as they weigh less.
- Don’t slip into neutral when travelling in the belief you are saving fuel. First of all it’s safer to keep a car in gear whilst moving in case you need to accelerate out of danger and if you choose the correct gear for your speed instead of slipping into neutral as most modern fuel-injected cars consume proportionately more fuel when in neutral as they perceive the car to be idling.
- Plan ahead to avoid travelling during the most congested periods of traffic. Stop-start driving is among the most fuel intensive forms of car travel. If you are motionless for any longer than 10 seconds, it is more fuel efficient to switch the engine off than to idle, this is where stop start engines are becoming increasingly effective.
- Under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption, so check their pressure regularly, but don’t over inflate as this increase the risk of blowouts.