Let’s face it: we’d all love our cars to go a bit further without spending more money. With fuel prices continually on the rise and many of us only just about recovering from the UK’s recent fuel shortage, we want our fuel to last as long as possible.
Unsurprisingly, this practice is already well established under the guise of ‘hypermiling’. But what exactly is hypermiling? And could it be beneficial to you? Let’s find out.
What is hypermiling?
While hypermiling may sound like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, it’s simply the practice of trying to achieve the absolute best possible fuel economy from a car. To some, this may sound like a reasonable decision only taken by the most practical of motorists. However, some hypermiling techniques go against car manufacturers recommendations to the point where body modifications get involved.
By far, the country with the most intense fans of hypermiling is the US. In the States, motorists strap large cone-shaped pieces of metal to the back of their cars in pursuit of better aerodynamics. The reason for this is simple; as with any vehicle, the less wind resistance it faces, the quicker it can cut through the air while using less fuel to help it do so. This does net drivers with far better fuel economy, but it isn’t the most practical of ideas.
Easy hypermiling tactics
Thankfully, there are some tricks that hypermiling has taught us over the years. Many of which can be applied to your daily commute without requiring any structural changes to your car. Here are some hot takes that you should consider adding to your driving style for better mileage:
Regular vehicle servicing
Even though a regular service regime may sound expensive, it is a crucial element to keep your car’s engine and chassis in working order. Generally, servicing happens in three intervals:
- Intermediate services - every 6,000 miles or 6 months.
- Full services – every 10-12,000 miles or 12 months.
- Major services – every 24,000 miles or 24 months.
During these services, mechanics will be able to spot any developing faults before they turn into real issues and will top up or replace any fluids that your car needs.
Optimised fuel purchasing
It’s a well-known fact that petrol and diesel prices fluctuate. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, prices were at an all-time low as the streets became empty. However, as of September 2021, prices have peaked with an increase of roughly 43% in six months.
To combat this, drivers should borrow some advice from the financial investors of the world with the mantra of “buy low, sell high”.
Your tyres are like shoes for your car; if you’ve ever worn old shoes, you can only imagine what worn tyres are like. UK law states that the middle tread depth on a car should not go below 1.6mm.
However, we always advise regular inspection of your tyres for cracks, holes, and uneven wear. A healthy, inflated tyre with full tread is much more likely to last longer and have a reduced chance of puncture.
Another aspect of tyre health to monitor is air pressure. Generally, most cars have a suggested tyre pressure of between 30-32 psi; however, inflating to 36-40 psi decreases the tyres rolling resistance. This pressure means that your tyres spin for much longer without requiring any extra power from your car’s transmission.
Just be sure to pay close attention to the numbers and letters on the side of your tyre and your car’s recommended ranges. These will inform you of just how much pressure you can get away with.
The more weight your car carries, the harder it has to work. You can make things easier on your car by taking out any old possessions like coats, shoes and anything that’s gathering dust.
Extreme hypermiling drivers can take this one step further by taking out non-essential plastic trim pieces. Just be mindful that while this will allow your car to go further for less, it could make your daily driving much less comfortable.
Reducing stops or trips
The phrase “killing two birds with one stone” is very applicable for this next tip. When driving, try to see if there are any ways you can cut down on your journeys by combining them all into a day’s work.
If there’s a shop on your way home, try visiting it then instead of coming home and then going back out again. You’ll decrease the number of times your car engine is turned over, reducing wear and ultimately prolonging its lifetime and fuel efficiency.
Driving tips and advice from findandfundmycar.com
Although some hypermiling tactics may seem extreme, there are some practical pieces of advice that we can take to achieve better mileage.
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