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Maximum Fuel economy from any vehicle

Updated on July 31, 2013

Hybrids become ever more popular as gas prices soar...

Tips to Make Your Car Greener

Hypermiling is: "driving your car in a manner that maximizes mileage", and has becoming popular among drivers worldwide, for obvious reasons. So if, you’re trying to help the environment, or just aiming to save a few more dollars at the pump, this guide to hypermiling, will hopefully provide some tips to help you acheive both. Those of you who are already the proud owner of one of the new hybrids on the market today will really be able to stretch a gallon with these tips.

Driving Tips

Hypermiling will save you money and help the planet, but it can be a lot to take in all at once. We suggest you incorporate those techniques that fit in with your driving style first, and then work your way up to include more and more of them as time goes on. Keep a record of your gas consumption over this period and calculate how much you have saved. It is a great way to motivate yourself to be environmentally friendlier. And please by all means, drop me a line and let me know the results.

Saab proves with its new concept car that hybrid does not have to mean ugly

Was your Dad a Nempimaniac?

Nempimania (also Nenpimania) is an obsession with getting the best gas mileage possible from a hybrid car. The term was derived from the Japanese "nempi" --a contraction of nenryōshōhiryō meaning fuel economy, and "mania". Nempimania is exhibited by owners of the Toyota Prius and other hybrids by various habits aimed at maximizing fuel economy: slow starts, "Pulse and Glide", timing stoplights, driving barefoot, etc. Myown father was a religous Nepimaniac in the 70's with his Citron 'duex chevaux' (two horse)

1. Drive a manual transmission (stick shift): If you’re used to driving automatic, switching over to a stick shift might take a little practice, but it’s definitely worth it. Once you have more control over the vehicle, you’ll be able to master more hypermiling tricks.

2. Stop speeding: The harder you press the gas pedal, the more gas you are using. If youu are driving over the speed limit, you might save time, but you are definitely wasting gas and money. Slow down a little if you can so that you are driving at or just below the actual speed limit.

3. Coast instead of braking: When you see a stop sign up ahead or a traffic light turning yellow, immediately take your foot off the gas and cover the brake. Let your vehicle slow down by itself. If you wait until the last possible minute to brake, then you’re wasting all the gas you used when you could have been slowing down.

4. Cruise control actually helps hypermiling, it prevents you creeping up in speed without realizing it.

5. Put your car in neutral. Coasting with your car in neutral takes the burden off your gas pedal preventing you from wasting fuel. If you’re not driving in heavy traffic experiment with this effective money saver. Ironically this works best the heavier an old gas-guzzler you have. The weight creates greater momentum.

6. Lighten the load: The heavier your car is, the harder it has to work to propel itself forward. Empty out your trunk and backseat of ice chests, beach chairs, and other items that you’re not using to lighten the load.

7. “Shift slow and low”, whenever possible to give your vehicle more mileage.

8. Drafting: This technique is incredibly dangerous. It consists of a deliberate form of 'tailgating'. Following so closely behind the vehicle in front of you that you can take advantage of the reduced wind resistance in it's immediate wake. I would not recomend anyone do this and only mention it out of a sense of completeness

9. Finding the easiest route. Find a route that features level roads and less traffic lights or stop signs. Generally, a longer route with better driving conditions will use less gas.

10. Parking in the sun will save you gas on a cold day. Parking in the sun keeps your car warmer. A warmer car will operate more efficiently, quicker, than a cold car.

Hypermiling on a Highway Commute

11. Roll down the windows and turn off the AC. Factor in that not running the AC will save you about 10% in mpg on the average journey. It may make it worth your while to get off the highway and wind down the windows. You should probably factor in a little drag, with the windows down. If you’re going to be on the highway, keeping your A/C on low is still a good idea, but if your not in a hurry think about getting some fresh air.

12. If you have a hybrid, turn off the car before putting it in park this will prevent the gas enjine from kicking in before you shut off the car.

13. No idle! don’t leave the car running. It may seem like a good idea to let your car idle while you dash into the store to grab the milk or drop off a rented movie, but doing so wastes gas. Take the extra few seconds to pull into a real parking spot and turn the car off.

Maintenance Tips

Taking your car for regular check ups is another easy way to maximize mileage. Check out these helpful maintenance that will keep your car running smoothly and efficiently.

14. Change oil regularly. Keeping up with scheduled oil changes will help your engine to run smoothly. Adequate oil levels and lower-weight oil can also make a difference in how quickly your vehicle burns fuel.

15. Check your tire pressure: Tires that are beginning to lose air and go flat put more stress on your engine, making it work harder and burn more fuel. Keep a tire gauge in your car and frequently check the tire pressure.

This will not only save you fuel but will reduce tyre wear and make your vehicle safer in an emergency manouver.

16. Your vehicle’s engine control module(ECM) controls various aspects of an internal combustion engine’s operation,” including the amount of fuel being used by the engine, the ignition timing, and the variable valve timing. Making sure your engine control module is working properly will help you gauge how much fuel your car is using on a regular basis. Check or have your mechanic check that electrical system is free from corrosion and operating within the manufacturers perameters.

17. If your wheels aren’t balanced correctly, this will effect how freely your car move during manouvers on the road. Get a check-up, if you think yours are out of whack.

18. Perform a seasonal check up. Remove, any extra weight from snow chains, heavier tires, or other items during the summer, for example. Make sure the engine, A/C and other systems are in proper order.


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      4 years ago

      You can also try GIRIRAJ H2O kit by using this product you can get 20% to 30% increase in mileage. For more details you can also visit the web page of GIRIRAJ.

    • deblipp profile image


      7 years ago

      Terrific tips. I shaved a mile off my mpg immediately by coasting without following any of the other tips. I can't wait to try the rest.

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      Adrian Walker 

      10 years ago from Magnolia, AR

      Coasting in neutral is a big saver on my last fill up I got 40mph out of my old volvo, and that is in town!

    • glassvisage profile image


      10 years ago from Northern California

      Perfect tips, some I didn't think about (I don't know if I'm brave enough to try coasting in neutral yet...)

    • organized living profile imageAUTHOR

      Adrian Walker 

      10 years ago from Magnolia, AR

      Thanks for reading my hub Nikkole Hope you save some gas. The main thing is relax, slow down and cruise. It's a lovely day enjoy it

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      10 years ago

      Glad to see you don't recommend drafting. I was concerned when I first saw it on there! I have been trying a few techniques for about two weeks, but always searching for more ideas. I started turning off my key before putting in park (#12), but I don't have a hybrid. I just figure that fraction of a second can't hurt as I try to improve my MPG.

    • cgull8m profile image


      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Very useful tips, with gas prices going way high this will make even more sense.


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