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In recent months, gasoline prices have skyrocketed, and more and more folks are looking to hypermiling as a way to conserve gas. Since 2006, this gas saving method is slowly gaining popularity. This technique is called hypermiling at the United States, and Ecodriving in Europe.

Followers of those hypermiling tendency are called hypermilers. Hypermilers are specialists at creating every drop of gasoline work to its full potential. Hypermilers have been known to get around 100 miles per gallon (mpg) in their cars.

For people who are not die hard followers of hypermiling, common sense driving techniques go a long way to boost gas mileage. Listed below are ten techniques which can enable you to get the best mileage from your motor vehicle.

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1. Accelerate gradually.

2. Drive slowly, and keep within the speed limit. Driving at slower speeds can significantly boost your miles per hour. Using hypermiling techniques will sometimes cause drivers behind you to have aggravated, but smile at them and know that you are saving gas. Use your judgement as to whether you are creating a traffic hazard by driving slowly.

3. Prevent unnecessary braking.

4. Hypermiling entails the anticipation of stops and taking you foot off the gas pedal well before a red light. Coast to a stop.

5. Keep your car or truck by simply changing the oil and air filters frequently and use the lightest weigh motor oil recommended.

6. Flat tires create drag and slow your car or truck down.

7. Put your automobile on a diet. Dispose of all the junk and unnecessary items that are in your trunk and lying all around the vehicle.

8. Plan your path. Longer routes may actually be better if they prevent lights and stop signs. Preventing construction zones will minimize stop and go driving. Many local television channels give traffic information as part of the news cast. These traffic updates can allow you to stay away from construction areas and injury sites.

9. Coast down hills. Slowly accelerate if you approach a hill, and keep your speed climbing the hill. Once reaching the crest of this hill, shift your car to neutral (if it is safe to do so) and coast down the other side of the mountain. This ability takes practice and can a be bit frightening when you first try this procedure.

10. It goes without saying, the more additional options you have in your vehicle, the more energy necessary to move the car. Hypermiling advocates recommend that you prevent the use of your air conditioner, but do not drive with the windows open more than a crack. Open windows create more of a drag on the automobile than using the air conditioner.
Aside from the method of coasting down hills, all these hypermiling tips are suggested for years.

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1 aspect to consider is that driving slowly may aggravate other drivers. You need to use common sense when using a few of those techniques. If you find a line of traffic building behind you, pull over when safe and allow those drivers to maneuver.
All these hypermiling tips can be utilized with any sort of automobile. SUV's and massive cars can gain from using these techniques, but they work best together with all the new hybrid cars and smaller cars. Assessing these techniques can lead to a noticeable savings in fuel costs.



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