The first hypermiling tip is an easy one: Slow down!
Teresa Frosini - CBS11 - June 9, 2008
DALLAS (CBS 11 News) ― A new technique promises to save consumers 20 to 30 percent on gas no matter what kind of car they drive.
The idea is to increase the number of miles a car gets out of a tank of gas and cut down on the number of times it needs to be filled. It's called "hypermiling," and experts say it works on any car, including hummers.
Reid Stewart of Irving spends about $36 a month on gas now, thanks to hypermiling. Just a year ago, he was spending nearly $70 each week to fill up his BMW 325i, which gets about 20 miles per gallon.
As gas prices continued to climb, Stewart began looking for relief. He found a website called CleanMPG.com
and learned about a driving technique known as hypermiling.
"I wasn't sure if it would work, and then I wasn't sure that I was willing to change my driving habits because a lot of it is about slowing down," he explained.
He decided to try the tips from the Web site, and said he did see his gas mileage go up. That's when he decided to take it a step further. He traded in the BMW for a 2000 Honda Insight hybrid.
"This car, in the hypermiling circles, is known as the mileage king," Stewart said about his new car.
According to the EPA, the Insight should get a combined average of 53 miles per gallon. But when Stewart began trying the hypermilng technique with his new car, he couldn't believe his eyes.
"I commute from Irving into downtown, and this morning I got 105 miles to the gallon," bragged Stewart.
He's now gone from filling up once a week to filling up once a month