When high fuel prices make life difficult for motorists, some drivers do everything in their power to drive as much as possible using every liter of gasoline, diesel or kilowatt-hour of electricity. We call this phenomenon hyperhidrosis. But what exactly is it and how do you do it?
The techniques used by so-called “hypermilers” to drive more economically than the manufacturer believes can be applied by any motorist who wants to maximize his range. Ultra racers save tens of percent on fuel at speed, simply because they do their best day after day to squeeze as many kilometers as possible out of a liter of fuel. However, in everyday use, you can quickly save ten percent on fuel with a few simple tips.
History of hyperhidrosis
Hypermiling gained popularity in the United States when gasoline prices rose in the early 2000s. As prices at gas stations rose, many motorists purchased fuel-efficient hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius. Fans of these economical cars quickly tried to make this car more economical to drive by applying smart driving technologies. Hypermiling is still a popular hobby for some drivers. Marathons are also held and runners love to share their experiences on social media. You can also use it in normal traffic situations to reduce fuel consumption.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Extreme riders always start by asking if they should really be riding. If a five-minute drive can be replaced by walking or cycling, they leave the car at home. If they have to drive, they plan as smooth a route as possible. It also requires as little acceleration and deceleration as possible. They will also try to drive at a time when the car is less busy. Hypermiling is about maintaining speed. The more braking and acceleration you use on hills or in heavy traffic, the less efficient you are at driving.
The hypercar has also been optimized to drive as efficiently as possible. This means that the car is regularly serviced and that the tires are always at the correct pressure, so that rolling resistance is good. Any unused items in the trunk are removed to save weight, which also helps improve fuel economy.
Hypermiling: also when parking
The person parking his car will always try to use the location to his advantage. When it’s cold, they park the car facing the sun so the sun can melt the frozen windshield. So you don’t have to use the car’s heating for this purpose. When it’s hot, they park the car in the shade so the car’s air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to lower the temperature in the car.
Some supercar drivers park in ideal positions so as not to waste fuel by unnecessary maneuvers around parking spaces. This usually means they park in reverse, so they immediately pull forward. Some park their vehicles on steep inclines so they can “cruise” using as little fuel as possible, although this is not recommended because you do not have full control of the cruising vehicle.
On the road, supercar drivers will drive slowly and steadily and expect to plan their maneuvers in advance, rather than react to what is happening directly in front of the car. With a lower speed, you can significantly improve consumption, although it is better to maintain a reasonable speed. Then you will not antagonize your fellow road users.
The throttle and steering are smooth, while DWB is a common mantra among speedsters. They try to drive as long as possible without touching the middle pedal. This means that the over-speeding motorist looks forward more than the average road user and must also drive in a less swerving manner.
Hypermiling Controversy: Flying Free
Allowing the car to move without the engine driving the wheels has led to some debate. Some proponents of oversteer put their cars in neutral to save fuel, causing the engine to idle on steep roads. Others turn off the engine completely to save fuel (a technique known as Forced Automatic Shutdown or FAS).
The latter technique can be dangerous because turning off the engine can cut off power to so-called servos that help with braking and steering. You also run the risk of the steering lock engaging. No director should have to deal with this kind of pitch. Many modern cars feature technology that causes the engine to idle as soon as the accelerator is released, increasing efficiency in a safe and controlled way and eliminating the need to go fast anyway.
Hypermiling through slippage
Another controversial technology in the field of hypermiling is other traffic flow. This has its roots in motorsport, where cars would sometimes drive bumper to bumper in convoy to improve airflow. While NASCAR racers try to drive as fast as possible by minimizing drag, hyperdrive racers use intermittent airflow to reduce their intake. Lower air pressure behind the car means the following car uses less energy to reach the same speed.
However, this usually puts the overactive driver and the vehicle they are following at risk, as they have to drive too close to the previous one to reach their goal. They will stay well within the golden rule of “two seconds.” It is designed for driving in dry conditions. The slipstream will reduce the reaction time and braking time of the overdrive if the vehicle in front suddenly slows down. Economic driving should not lead to accidents.
Again, extremely responsible motorists avoid this technique and always recommend maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front. You can save the same amount of fuel by keeping your distance and anticipating what will happen next by looking as far down the road as possible.
Hypermiling tips for daily use
Hypermiling has a number of basic principles. Many of the rules are logical and can often be found in an article about economical driving. We summarize them below so you can see how you can use hyperdrive in everyday traffic:
-Good maintenance. Maintain your car well with regular maintenance and keep your tires at the proper pressure.
-Weight removal. Remove all excess weight, such as tools, bags, strollers, etc., from the car if you do not need it.
-Don’t drive. If you’re only going for a five-minute walk, can you walk or bike? Are there other options that work well?
-Park + Ride. If you are going downtown, you can save fuel by using this location. After all: braking and acceleration in the city consumes a lot of energy. Or you can take a folding bike with you in your car, so you can park your car outside the city and ride the last part of the bike. Or let the train do the work for the rest of the trip.
-Plan your route. If you must drive, plan a route that is short and flat as possible and avoids potential traffic congestion.
– Reduce your speed. If you drive on the highway at 100 kilometers per hour, you will drive much more economically than at 120 kilometers per hour.
– Wearing shoes with thin soles. Thin soles give you better pedal feel, allowing you to accelerate and brake more smoothly.
-Anticipate the road ahead. Look as far ahead as possible. You can adjust your speed depending on the conditions, taking into account traffic signals, intersections and slowing traffic.
-Be smooth. Soft throttle input and smooth steering keep your vehicle stable so you can maintain its efficiency.
– Driving without brakes. Try to drive as long as possible without using the brakes. This can help you save fuel and better anticipate future events. If you have an electric or hybrid car, play B mode to restore power. Sometimes it is convenient to ask for a longer period.
-The engine stopped. If you have to stop for a moment, turn off the engine to save fuel. This actually happens in many cars with automatic start/stop systems.
-adaptation. In warm months when the air conditioning is running, use recirculated air to cool the air in the passenger compartment instead of cooling the air entering the vehicle. If it’s cold, park the car in the sun so the sun’s rays can melt the ice off the windshield, rather than using the heated window. You also have to heat less.
-Park is smart. Find a parking spot where you can drive forward and save fuel by avoiding reversing with a cold engine.
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