There’s a new sport sweeping the globe. It requires nerves of steel, mind-boggling strategy, extremely precise timing, and an eagerness to expose yourself to dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations.
It’s called hypermiling. The goal is to maximize your gas mileage in your vehicle and/or to travel the longest possible distance on a single tank of gas. Which… come to think of it, sounds a lot like trying to drive like a little old lady.
But in reality, serious hypermiling incorporates some very strange (and even perilous) driving habits in order to achieve your goals. Here are some tactics used by competitive hypermilers:
So what kind of results to hard-core hypermilers get?
Well, like many sports (such as track and field, swimming, or gymnastics), there are different categories of hypermiling. Helen and John Taylor are in the Guinness Book of World Records under “highest mileage for a journey” for traveling over 9,000 miles while circumnavigating their native Australia – at an average of an astonishing 75.6 miles per gallon! The Taylors also hold the mark for “longest distance traveled on a tank of gas” after they filled up their 15.3 gallon tank and traveled an amazing 1,192 miles! What’s even more incredible is that they set these world records in their unmodified, non-hybrid Peugeot 308 HDi 110 (which runs on diesel fuel) – which, by the way, is not available in North America.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: can I still improve my own gas mileage numbers by hypermiling without engaging in some of these extreme techniques?
Heck, yeah! Here are some hypermiling tactics you can use in your everyday driving:
It remains to be seen whether hypermiling will catch on as a sport in the U.S. But it’s safe to say that taking steps to improve gas mileage (and thus save money) will never go out of style. Who knows – maybe we’ll one day see hypermiling become an Olympic sport!
Hey, if rhythmic gymnastics made the cut, anything is possible.
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