Green Minute
8:13 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Green Tips On 'Hypermiling'

The Green Project's Christal White delivers this week's Green Minute.

You know the old saying: "If you give him an inch, he’ll take a mile." There couldn’t be more perfect of a way to describe hypermiling. Not familiar with the term? It’s the science and craft behind squeezing every possible drop out of your car's gas mileage.

There are literally millions of tips out there, and some of them fall into the dangerous and possibly illegal category, so here are a few that can get you started safely without riding dirty:

1. Roof racks are out. Evidently, a roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5%!

2. Always park facing out and downhill, that way you can just start up and drive off. And if you’re facing downhill, you can coast a bit too.

3. Take the easy route, even if it means the long way around.

4. Opt for level streets with less dips, turns, traffic lights and stop signs.

5. Become best friends with your cruise control — it will help prevent you from unknowingly creeping up in speed.

6. (I kind of love this one) Don’t drive in big shoes — they take away your throttle sensitivity.

So go that extra mile, or twenty, by hypermiling your way to fuel efficiency.