Hypermiling: Extreme Ways To Maximize Your MPG

By John W. Davis

May 7, 2011 Updated May 7, 2011 at 7:50 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Do you want to get 30%better gas mileage? Experts say it does not matter what kind of vehicle you drive, if you “hypermile”, you will save gas.

But what is hypermiling, and how do you do it?

Indiana's NewsCenter tested out the theories in a special report.

Do you want to save money at the gas pump?

Maybe you should try Hypermiling. It is a futuristic sounding word, that simply means maximizing your fuel economy.

Our first assignment, pick a loop, and just drive.

We pulled out from our station parking lot on Butler Road, hopped on I-69 South at Goshen Road, exited at Jefferson Boulevard and drove back to the station on Jefferson Blvd and Hillegas Road.

The mpg results in a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee… not surprising.

Our route was a combination of city and highway driving.

It was about 17 mile trip and we averaged 16.8 miles per gallon.

After our first trip, we decided to put into practice some hypermiling techniques and see if we could improve gas mileage in our gas guzzling SUV.

Number 1 Hypermiling Tip: Stop Speeding.

Also, don’t push down hard on your gas pedal when accelerating.

Anything over the speed limit, you’re wasting gas.

Number 2: Coast Instead of Braking. (This was the tip that allowed us to save the most gas.)

Anticipation is key. When you see a stoplight turn red, there is no point of driving up to the light and then braking.

Immediately take your foot of the gas, and let your car slow down naturally.

Number 3: Use Cruise Control.

Especially on the highway, cruise control prevents you from creeping up to higher speeds, without even realizing.

When we finished our second trip, when found that both trips took 30 minutes and both trips were 17 miles.

During the first trip, we achieved 16.8 miles per gallon.

However, during the second trip, we achieved 23.2 miles per gallon because of hypermiling.

During our test, we gained 38% in fuel efficiency.

Meanwhile, the best hypermilers in the world, can boost their fuel economy by more than 100%.

However, a 38% boost in mpg on our first hypermiling trip, in a Jeep 4x4, was a success.

For more advanced hypermiling tips, visit the related content section of this story.




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