Hypermiling: The advantages and the dangers

Hypermiling: The advantages and the dangers

WSFA/NBC - Insurance executive by trade, hypermiler when he's on the road, Nile Madley tries to go as far as possible on each tankfull.

Hypermiling, which is a term for techniques to raise your miles per gallon, made economic sense in college but now, it's more of a game.

The sticker on his older civic hybrid says it can get about 32 to 37 miles per gallon, but Madley says he is getting, "Right now I have 43, earlier today I had 48."

Hard core hypermilers draft or follow trucks, to increase their mpgs. Madley says patience is his secret sauce for a cheap ride.

"Accelerate not too quickly, you don't want your revs to get too high," Medly said. "You want to steadily increase your speed while also letting off the gas as you shift into the next gear. It's so fun. like right now, I'm coasting at 43 miles per hour, and i'm sitting steady at about 60 miles per gallon."

Troopers tend to see more hypermilers when gas prices surge. Sgt. Steve Gaskins of Florida Highway Patrol says it is all about people saving money, within the law but following too close is dangerous and illegal.

"We're looking at 55 miles an hour, you're looking at five and a half car lengths between every vehicle, as a good safe rule of thumb." Sgt. Gaskins said.

Avoiding stops saves money, but cutting through parking lots is illegal.

"And what happen is, you're trying to cut through to get across to the other roadway and people are parking and walking through the parking lot and so forth and we have crashes." Sgt. Gaskins said.

Nile's says when his gas warning light is on he isn't no worried.

"That means that I have three days left." Madley said.

Cleaning out out your trunk, checking your tire inflation, and turning off your air conditioning can boost your mpgs.

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