- : Don’t even think about tailgating big rigs to catch their drafts or cutting the engine and coasting in neutral. Getting brag-worthy mileage isn’t worth risking your life.
- Step 1: Slow down Stay within the speed limit. For every 5 miles per hour you drive above 55, your fuel efficiency is reduced by up to 10 percent.
- Step 2: Coast when you can Coast when you can. It uses no fuel.
- TIP: Try to park on hills, where you can get a rolling start.
- Step 3: Keep tires inflated Keep your tires inflated at the maximum. The flatter the tire, the more it drags on the road.
- TIP: Don’t do what some hypermilers do and over-inflate your tires; it could cause a blowout.
- Step 4: Use thin oil Use the thinnest oil recommended for your car, get regular oil changes, and have the air filter changed when it gets dirty.
- Step 5: Avoid traffic Avoid fuel-wasting stop-and-go driving by taking the road less traveled.
- Step 6: Insulate your hood Install hood insulation to keep the engine warm, when it operates most efficiently.
- Step 7: AC off and windows up Keep the AC off and the windows up when possible.
- FACT: The 2007 Hybridfest Miles Per Gallon Challenge winner Bill Kinney squeezed 168 miles per gallon out of his vehicle.
You Will Need
- Driving skills
- The ability to withstand other driversu2019 rage
- A hybrid car