In recent weeks it's become extremely difficult to say hello to all the newcomers, and vice versa. We've seen an explosion in membership (I can remember not too long ago when under 200 members visited this forum daily!), a server upgrade, and thousands of new members.
So once and for all, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all new members of CleanMPG. Whatever your reason for hypermiling, be it raising your fuel economy, lowering your costs and emissions, reducing foreign oil imports, or simply trying to lower your blood pressure while driving (or all of the above!), we're here to help.
The first place I recommend all new members check is Beating the EPA - the Why's and How's to Hypermile (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1510
) which is an excellent article by Wayne (xcel) describing the EPA mileage tests, how hypermiling can allow everyone here to beat those numbers, and many hypermiling techniques in detail. I can say myself that the techniques work, having nearly doubled my gas mileage in a six month period and still aiming higher!
To hypermile effectively, I highly recommend a ScanGauge, which can be bought as part of a group buy (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=48
) or alternatively, directly through Linear Logic's website or through major websites such as Amazon.com.
Other excellent articles related to hypermiling include Driving Under Pressure (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11652
), an excellent article first posted on Officer.com, detailing why higher tire pressure is not only safe, but could indeed save your life. Also, let me say this up front: although drafting is discussed at times and doubling the EPA even at highway speeds is possible under the correct circumstances, we do not endorse close-in drafting! (otherwise known as tailgating which is illegal and dangerous!). We observe the No Zone:
To help you get around CleanMPG itself, we have several excellent articles on hand. Currently we are experiencing some growing pains having recently upgraded to a new server. Should the server ever be busy, Dan has made a thread (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12136
) detailing how we can all survive these down-times.
Fanamingo has created a very good post showing how to link your mileage log to your signature (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11357
Also, here is how to upload pictures to CleanMPG (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9773
If you're in the market for a fuel efficient car I recommend the top 10 most fuel-efficient automobiles available in America (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9350
). Alternatively, if you cannot afford or would rather not get a new automobile we have an excellent general guide to buying used fuel-efficient vehicles (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=665
Lastly, we have many articles floating around about techniques to hypermile specific vehicles, including:
2000-2003 Toyota Prius (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5155
2004-present Toyota Prius (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1224
2006-present Honda Civic Hybrid (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1306
Ford Escape Hybrid (http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=350
...plus many more that I'm sure I missed. I swear I'll get them all someday. I'll update it when I see something I don't have on here.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask any of the members who will be more than happy to help.