One of the most expensive relationships of your life is the one between you and your car. At best, your car can feel like a close friend, one that you trust to keep you safe and support your work — or at least your commute to get to there.
The worst-case scenario? Your car is a frenemy you just can’t shake. You’ve invested too much effort and money into the relationship to keep it running to let it go, even though you don’t really trust her to go the distance when you need her to. Sooner or later, you know you’ll end up stranded on the side of the road.
If your car’s been doing you wrong and costing you a lot of money in the process, there’s one way to take back control of your relationship with your car — and save a pile of cash in the process. It’s all about what you do behind the wheel.
Hypermiling: The Best Driving Technique You Never Learned
The more you drive, the more intimately familiar you are with fuel prices. They’re always a big new story, and you might even drive around town to get the cheapest gas when prices start to creep up.
At the end of the day, though, you don’t have any control over the geopolitical economic scene that’s behind your gas prices — shopping around for a discount of a penny or two is cool, but you won’t have much to show for your efforts at the end of the day. What you do have control over is how much fuel you allow your car to burn on any given trip.
Hypermiling is a driving technique perfected by Wayne Gerdes in a humble Honda Accord. Obsessed with getting the best possible miles per gallon out of his car, he began CleanMPG.com to bring together likeminded people who wanted to save gas and improve their personal fuel efficiency — and to evangelize his driving techniques.