In Your Car - Hypermiling Dangers

Hypermiling is a method of increasing your car's gas mileage by making changes in the way you drive, allowing you to save gas. We've discussed methods of hypermiling here, here and here.

But there are other less safe methods people often use thinking they are saving gas. Never consider doing any of the following:

Rolling through stop signs. Yes, it will save gas because you won’t need to use as much to get back up to whatever speed you’re supposed to be traveling, but it is illegal and unsafe. Just don't do it. If you get caught (or if you hurt someone), your insurance premiums will go up and you will be losing money - not saving.

Tailgating semis. Racecars draft because it reduces air resistance, but it is dangerous. When traveling closely behind an 18 wheeler, you are putting yourself in the driver’s blind spot. He probably won’t even know you’re behind him.

The closer you drive to any vehicle, the less reaction time you have if something were to go wrong. If you’re only a couple of feet away from a big rig’s bumper, you’re not going to be able to avoid an accident.

Some people think that shutting off the engine while a car is traveling down hill can save gas. NOT a good idea. You won’t have the ability to quickly accelerate to get out of a tight spot; you’ll lose power steering, making it more difficult to turn the vehicle; and if you turn the steering wheel too far, you’ll end up locking it in place.

Stick to the commen sense ways to save gas and leave the wild stuff alone.


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