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Player: Canada  snowowl Subject: Hypermiling: "quackery or the new niche"


2007-09-18 10:27:29
All right, i've owned my little Kia 4 cyl, standard transmission for almost two yrs now. About two weeks ago , i read in the newspaper, about hypermiling to save, get this... up to 35% of my present gasoline expenditures.

Here's how it goes, some techniques slightly familiar, and some never heard of them before.

This tidbit of a forum will come in several blocks from me, as i've tried twice now to post in one block, and i think because of my slow typing i've twice lost the whole thing .

The first hypermile technique is one i dis recommend, that is follow transport's in the envelope created by their bulk and draft right behind their rear license plate, oh oh oh, really dangerous , even if you do save fuel...
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3Canada  snowowl2007-09-18 10:35:07
of course cruise control is one of the hypermileage techniques, for me though instead of setting the numbers at 115km , i've tried for the past couple of weeks using 90kms as my benchmark.

so since this is not to drastic and definitely a safe thing to do, i'll go with it...

no jackrabbit starts, they should be slow , steady, and easy, ok , even though i've always known about it , i'll now try and give it an honest go... lol...

more ideas to come, and they even get radical, but i have been trying them, and ... i think they have merit...although so far i'll only do them by myself, i would let my passenger(s) know how silly i can truly be...

4Canada  snowowl2007-09-18 10:55:05
ok , here comes the new stuff, at least for me...

Coast, coast , coast.... and then coast some more. While on the highway on level streches (coast) while on a hill or crest coast, and coast for long time... when you are getting slow, oh i forgot, turn engine off , slip into neutral , so all that is happening is the car is slowing down really slowly, speed drops from 95 or so , down to like 20kms or so, now pop the clutch and voila , ready to repeat when so desired...

In town , anticipate stop signs, and when you realize they are inevitable, turn engine off, neutral gear, and guess whaat , ...coast...coast... now if stop light is favourable , pop clutch at the right time, and otherwise coast until either you must break very little or not break at all...

More to come, i promise...

5Canada  snowowl2007-09-18 12:53:55
well filled my car this morning after four round trips, didnt do a lot of pencil work on paper, but to keep it simple and uncomplicate i've saved , and this is honest, not 35% but 20%, WOW, i'm impressed........ really....

also, recommended by mr. 35% was, drive close to the centre line because that is where the fuel efficient pavement is not that bumpy , rutted pavement 18inches over there,
also keep your oil pan filled between onehalf and threequarter, less fluid for your crankshaft and pushrods to slosh through, less friction...
keep tires inflated slightly above max pressure, as friction is less...
These techniques also work with an automatic transmission , ok , sounds good to me.
I know with a standard it isn't necessary to use the starter, more often, i think brake life will be extended, mileage is better, etc.

Ok lol, what are other's feelings on this,

Are you doing this,

Am i daft,

Does this thought process hold any water,

Am i just wasting my time, plus taking ten minutes longer to get into work, smoking two more cigarettes while coasting, coasting, coasting, and having the last ten minutes of my ride with only an empty coffee cup in my hand...