Sharing my new and wonderful experience hypermiling
It appears I too am a hypermiler, i just didn't know it. Since my family went on vacation, and I've had the opportunity to be the only person to drive both cars, i decided to see what the real difference in MPG would be. The first vehicle is a 1998 dodge neon with a 2.0 4-cyclinder engine and 3-speed automatic (i know, 3-spd). Anyway, we usually average 20 mpg under regular driving but when i completely utilized hypermiling techniques, the average improved to 27mpg. To think i just gained the fuel efficiency of a compact car compared to a midsize car in today's new automobile averages by just changing driving behavior is remarkable ( A corolla averages 27 mpg in city, camry 21, and i drive city). The second vehicle is a 2004 dodge durango SUV with 4wd and the Hemi engine, I know i thought about not mentioning the second vehicle at all. The reason i did is because i went from an average of 12 to 15 via onboard mpg computer. I know 15 mpg isn't great but when u consider i used to average that with a van and now i'm averaging that with a 2-ton 4wd hemi SUV, its amazing. The only reason for the SUV is the true need for a 3 row seating vehicle and need to tow, otherwise the other vehicle is used the majority of the time. Anyway, i just thought this was remarkable and wanted to share this with everyone. I have always used hypermiling techniques such as slow and steady acceleration, minimal braking (which saves your brakes also), rerouting to avoid traffic and lights and increase highway driving when possible, etc. To think i made these gains in just my first week with a huge SUV and a old car is remarkable. I look forward to continuing this treand and improving. Once the neon bites the dust, which was my highschool beauty, a hybrid is definetely my top choice.
thank u all.