Every vehicle that hits the market comes with EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers. Most people will expect to meet—or at least come close to—these estimates. And yet for others, they accept these numbers only as a challenge to be bested. These people are hypermilers.
What is hypermiling? According to CleanMpg.com, it is “a variety of techniques to improve a vehicle’s fuel economy.” These techniques include:
EPA tests include idling. Therefore, if you can avoid idling, this will help you beat the estimates. CleanMpg suggests turning off your engine if you are going to be motionless for more than 7 seconds.
Take It Easy, Man
Basically, if you want to save fuel and make the EPA look like a bunch of fools, drive like your grandmother. Avoid quick acceleration and heavy braking.
Try to avoid driving at high speeds, usually above 60 mph. High speeds introduce aerodynamic drag and mechanical friction.
Stay away from mechanical and electrical accessories. Air conditioning is for your comfort but not for your fuel economy. Running the AC on max can reduce mileage by 5-30%. The same goes for your car’s heater.
It’s All a Game
A lot of people who get into hypermiling see it as a fun game. As long as you keep it safe, you can’t really lose.