Can you afford not to drive? Most of us depend on cars for some part of our daily lives. By using some easy Hypermile (or fuel efficient driving) tricks you can beat your carâ€™s EPA rating and save some dollars. Here are ten easy things you can do to boost your MPG...
10 Hypermile Tricks:
1. Use Lighter Grade Engine Oil
Using more viscous engine oil (10W- 30, 10W-40) may not mean better lubrication. The thick oil may not penetrate all the small spaces in you engine and requires more energy to push it around (think Syrup vs KY). Go for the 5W-30 or less.
2. Lose the Extra Pounds
All the junk in the trunk means your car has more to pull around. For every 100lbs of stuff in your car you lose 1-2% fuel efficiency. This oneâ€™s easy; you donâ€™t need the ski boots, wetsuit, and mountain bike for visiting grandma at the nursing home.
3. Idling is Negative MPG
I often thought it took more gas to start the engine than to let it idle. Baloney. Turn the car off if you will be stopped for a few minutes.
4. Make Your Ride Sleek
Take off the roof rack or bike rack; itâ€™s costing you 5% from your MPG. If you use it on the weekend, put it on during the weekend. Check out Ecomodder.com for some more aerodynamic tricks to make your ride less of a drag.
5. Brake Less
Every time you put on the brakes you have to eventually gas it again. Look ahead, plan, and pace so you get the most out of your accelerations. Donâ€™t race 200yds to the next stoplight.
6. Skip the Premium Octane
Most cars can run on the minimum rated octane gas. Using higher ratings will cost you more and will pollute more.
7. Slow Down, but Not Too Slow
Most highway MPG rating are based on 48-60mph speeds. We all go faster than that (except for that guy in the passing lane going 45mph with his blinker on for 50 miles). Driving 70mph instead of 55mph can cost 17% loss in fuel economy.
8. Get it in High Gear
If you have a manual car, get it to your cruising gear without tachinâ€™ up the engine. Try to shoot for the low end of your RPM range, shift sooner, and cruise in a high gear to keep your car from the gas sucking RPMs.
9. Use the Cruise
Using cruise control whenever possible will mean your acceleration and speed maintenance will be more efficient. Also, using the built in acceleration button will allow you to gradually speed up, which is more efficient than crushing that pedal down.
10. Beat the Congestion Waves!
Check out Traffic Wave Experiments!