Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hypermiling

I saw a piece on GMA the other morning about "hypermiling", which is basically trying to maximize your gas mileage. Some of the tips I remember:
1. Inflate your tires to their max allowable level
2. Coast when possible
3. Avoid quick accelerations
4. Don't speed
5. Turn car off when not moving (or even when moving, although they mentioned that this wasn't really advised!)

There are more, but this is what I remember. Since I got my hybrid 2 years ago, I have become a little bit obsessed with my mileage, so I decided to give these tips a try during my commute. (about 25 minutes, most of which is highway). I basically paid more attention to #2, because my car does some of the other things for me - it turns off when I'm stopped (which freaks my mom out because she forgets and thinks I've run out of gas or something), and it uses an electric assist when I am accelerating (unlike the Toyota technology), so actually, I think I do better when I accelerate rather quickly to get to my desired speed. Anyhow, I was about halfway through the tank of gas when I started, and I was getting 40.8 mpg, which is not great for me, but I've had the A/C on for Owen's sake. Today when I got home I was at 42.8 mpg. So I've improved two mpg in a few days, and its harder to budge the overall mileage when I'm well into a tank of gas. We'll see how I do on my next fill up.

Its fun, because its kind of like a video game. And you know how I like the video games (I finished FFXII this weekend btw. And I cried a little bit at the ending. How freaking lame am I?).

It is true that there is a learning curve to driving a hybrid. When I first got my car, I was averaging 37 mpg on each tank, and now I usually average 42-43 (without my A/C).

6 comments:

Heidi Ellis said...

I knew most of these tips, but I have to apply them more. The good thing with a standard is I can coast pretty easily. I also need to inflate my tires more.

The AC thing right now is just not gonna happen. I try my best, but being pregnant does not allow me to not have AC.

And yes you are a dork with your video games. :)

Jodi said...

What kind of car do have?

Owen said...

A Civic Hybrid. Not as good of gas mileage as a Prius, but I looooooove it!

kendra said...

your tips suck...I love to speed...are you ok?

Brian said...

Yeah, ever since I got a hybrid car, I've been trying to max out my mpg. My car gives me a rating when I turn it off, and I'm sorely disappointed when I don't get "Excellent".

Lisa said...

It gives you a RATING?? OMG. That is excellent. That makes it even more of a video game than it already is.