Obeying speed limit saves you gas and time
Using a technique called hypermiling, you can increase your car's efficiency, your safety and your money supply.
Monday, April 25, 2011 - 15:41
We are always on the go-go, either darting to work or speeding for the thrill of driving with the convertible top down. Regardless of reason, America loves to drive fast. Unfortunately as we increase our speedometer readings, gasoline prices increase, as well. On a typical drive to work, I will observe a minimum of ten cars racing across the interstate. These drivers are not necessarily late for any particular event, but speed either purposely or unknowingly. To be honest, I used to be a member of this driver category before I changed my ways and learned about the secret power of hypermiling.
Basically, hypermiling is driving (consistently) either at or below the speed limit. According to a USA Today article, some drivers achieved fuel economies of 100 mpg via this technique! Many of us can barely achieve 25 mpg much less 100 mpg. Even better, hypermiling is much more than just driving at a constant speed. This driving method has evolved into a car science almost. Hypermiling includes the utilization of cruise control, accelerator pad usage, and smart parking.
When I first learned about hypermiling, the thoughts and images of crass road rage and honking horns soured my opinion about hypermiling. Then I decided to be objective and research the technique, leading to subsequent implementation. Immediately after a week, I saved almost half of my gasoline just by skillfully driving my car. Now I am in love with hypermiling because it saves my gas, my money and my time. I arrived at the same destinations at the same time without speeding or worming my way through cars. I find myself constantly trying to increase my gas mileage and perfect this art.
Aside from the environmental and financial benefits, hypermiling can reduce the chance of car accidents. Because of this, hypermiling should be the way everyone drives, not an experiment. If more people practiced this form of driving, the streets would be much safer and the air much sweeter. For these reasons, everyone should change their driving habits and help make America a safer and cleaner place.
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