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Hypermiling Tip: Get Out The Junk

Aug 30, 2008
Here is a Hypermiling tip you can take to the bank. Remember, the idea behind hypermiling is to find ways to completely optimize your driving habits in an attempt to improve and get the best possible gas mileage out of your vehicle.

In this article, the hypermiling tip we are going to consider is making your vehicle lighter. The heavier your vehicle is the more gas it is going to use regardless of what speed you happen to be moving at. While you can't do much about the base weight of it, you can remove things on it to lighten it up. Always consider the weight of a vehicle before you invest in one as well.

Ask yourself what are you carrying around in your trunk? Chances are you have a heavy tool box and other items in there you don't really need. Some basic tools to change a tire as well as your spare and a flashlight are important. You may want to have a blanket in case you break down, a pair of pliers, and a couple of screwdrivers. Everything else you should be able to remove and lighten up the vehicle.

Some individuals have heavy speakers and sound systems in their vehicles. Do you really need all that weight in heavy magnets? What about the back seat? Are you guilty of using it as a second trunk? The more you can get out of the trunk and back seat will help.

Do you need the luggage rack on your car? What about a tow hitch? If you have those items, consider taking them out. Think about any accessories that are attached to the vehicle. Can you take any of those items off? Now don't take things off that may affect the safety of the vehicle, but don't leave on things that don't need to be there.

There is debate as to how much gas you should have in your vehicle at any time. Consider this. One pint equals one pound. So, one gallon of gas weighs 8 pounds. If you keep your tank half full instead of completely full, you can reduce some of that weight.

These are just a few ideas on how to can optimize your vehicle. Take this hypermiling tip and look at your current situation. There are probably many things you can do to make it happen.
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