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These hypermiling techniques can help preserve your fuel efficiency

With rising fuel prices in many countries, owning an EV probably feels like a smart move lately.

But buying a new car isn’t cheap, and the delay in mass EV production means even second-hand EVs are retailing at massively inflated prices. So, if you’re still driving an ICE vehicle, here are some tips and resources for preserving your fuel intake through the practice of hypermiling.

What is hypermiling?

Hypermiling (also known as energy-efficient driving) is driving a car using intentional techniques that maximize fuel efficiency. You can deploy specific hypermiling in EVs to reduce range anxiety, but I’ll focus specifically on gas cars. 

Start by thinking of yourself as a prepper. But your aim is to conserve fuel. And it starts before you even begin to drive. 

Before you start driving

  • Ensure your car is serviced regularly to ensure it’s running as efficiently as it possibly can. Tires should be inflated to the correct pressure, because a tire with low-pressure increases drag, which negatively affects fuel consumption. 
  • Remove unused items in the car like child car seats, extra tools, rooftop racks, towing equipment, etc., to save weight and improve fuel economy.
  • Consider the weather. In summer, always park your car in the shade to reduce the need for air conditioning. Likewise, in winter, using the heater or windshield defroster could be replaced by warmer clothing and a windshield scraper. 
  • Close the windows and sunroof to reduce drag.
  • Plan your route. You want a direct, clear route without lots of stopping or heavy traffic to minimize acceleration and braking for the maximal fuel efficiency.
  • And let’s not forget to consider whether you need to drive at all. Can you replace a short trip with walking, public transport, or cycling? 


Once you start driving