If you own a Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, or Volkswagen Jetta TDI, chances are you're already aware of the mileage, and it's probably pretty good. But what if you could get that kind of efficiency out of a normal, gas powered car? Or better yet, take one of these super efficient vehicles and push it to its limits, getting better that 100 MPG? The answer is, you can - and you don't have to spend a dime. You just have to be willing to risk life, limb, and the patience of others drivers to achieve it.
A new breed of driver has evolved out of the MPG craze: the "hypermiler". These are regular folks with regular cars who routinely use some eccentric, and at times hazardous, driving techniques to radically increase the efficiency of their transportation. Most of us would never dream of cutting the engine on the highway, drafting just inches behind a huge 18 wheeler, or taking an exit ramp at over 50 MPH. But for a select few, these are the tenets of a new religion.
Wayne Gerdes, the godfather of the hypermiler movement and leader of a group that got 109 MPG in a Toyota Prius (1,397 miles on a single tank, over 48 hours) has been the subject of several interviews of late. You can listen to some of his tips on Sierra Club Radio.
via Mother Jones
written by Clever Dodo Learners, March 02, 2013
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