Safe Hypermiling Saves Money and the Planet

You know that with rising fuel prices it is necessary to find ways to save money. Hypermiling is a way to drive smart, not fast and hard. It allows you to use a gentle, less aggressive way of driving in order to save fuel as well as to cut down on the amount of emissions you are releasing which cuts down on green house gas. Here are some safe hypermiling tips you can incorporate when you are driving your dream car such as 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.

Acceleration

Every time you accelerate it pushes fuel into the engine. Acceleration then makes your engine run harder and faster which in turn wastes gas and sends out more emissions. Be gentle on your accelerator and avoid accelerating unless necessary. When you do need to accelerate such as during traffic or at a red light do so with a gentle touch to the pedal. Lift your foot from the peddle as you approach a red light so your car coasts as opposed to stomping on the brake. There are actually cars that have incorporated a push back mechanism on the accelerator pedal in order to stop drivers from driving aggressively. This goes to show you that using a gentle touch does work.

Stop Idling

Idling not only wastes gas but also is very bad for the environment. Never idle. It is very rare that you should ever have to idle when driving. Believe it or not even if you turn your engine off at traffic stops you can save as much as 19 percent of your fuel. You shouldn’t even idle to warm up your engine in cold weather. Instead drive gently for the first five or 10 minutes and the engine will be warm by the time you have reached the main roads.

Hybrids

If you drive a hybrid use a “pulse and glide” driving method when you are driving on a nice open road or highway where there is little traffic or pedestrians. Pulsing gets you up to the required speed limit as necessary then maintaining the speed that is safe. It will save on mileage as well as demands on your engine. Glide whenever you are between acceleration periods and depend on your electric assist to do so. As you become familiar with your car this will become easier.

Air Conditioning

It will be hard to resist turning on your air conditioning in muggy weather but do so whenever possible. If you limit AC use to just highway driving you will use less energy. As well believe it or not when you drive with the windows open it actually makes your car less aerodynamic and creates drag which makes your engine have to work harder so when on the highway use the AC as it then becomes more fuel efficient. This is debated by some who believe you should never use AC. However it can be dangerous driving for long periods of time with the windows up in really hot weather so it is best to be safe and use this happy compromise.

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