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Bad Choices of Hypermilling Solutions

Aug 8, 2008
The are many "hypermilers" that can come up with many thousands of creative solutions to increase gas mileage and save money on fuel. However, there are some tips or solutions you need to watch out. This is due to some of the tips that are highly dangerous. It is not worth to risk your life on the road. Bear in mind that safety comes first. No matter how important it is for you to save fuel and increase gas mileage, always think about the safety first.

Hypermilling simply means the techniques that drivers use to maximize the fuel efficiency of their automobile. This is because fuel is being used more than normal rate when the driving skills and behaviors are wrong.

The tips that you should avoid are:

Drive through the stop signs. There is a theory that said you will use up more fuel if you always brake. However, when you are on the road, safety comes first. You are putting yourself at risk for car accidents not to mention getting caught as it is illegal when you drive through the stop signs.

Tailgating large trucks. Do you realised that this is the worst tip of all. We know that the 18-wheelers are way too big compared to cars. Why put yourself in danger by tailgating the large truck?

Shutting off the engine while the car is still moving especially when it is moving downhill. Yes, it can save fuel but if there is an emergency, you are not able to accelerate or slow down which will increase the chance of accident. Imagine when you are going downhill and there is a point when you need to brake, and you lose control.

Over inflating your tires can reduce the tire surface contact with the road but you will lose grip and if there is a need to brake, you might lose control. It is best to inflate the tires to the maximum rated PSI but never go overboard.

Removing the side mirrors is said to be able to add another mile to a gallon of fuel. I wonder just how true it is because as far as I am concerned, side mirrors are very important in driving a car. You need to use the side mirrors to look at the cars from the side ways.

Check out the wind forecast before you drive is the most lame excuse for saving fuel. If you need to check the wind why not get yourself a sail boat. Seems better if you are want to save fuel on the boat.

Hypermilling is a great way to save fuel but consider the tips before doing it or you will wish that you never do any of it.
About the Author
Learn more about fuel and gas saving tips from Patrick G. Moore. Visit his blog My Gas Saving Tips to read more about how you can save money on fuel and Hypermilling Tips.
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