Re: anyone here practice hypermilling?
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Another hypermiler here... can't say its paid off much. Went from about 20.5 average to close to 22 average with an 06 Ody EX-L. But its fun and a learning opportunity.
The more amazing transformation is to see how the standard driving practices in the U.S. are so anti-miling... braking down hills and accelerating up hills just a joke, and once you start hypering, the prevalence of these practices become very stark.
The biggest payoff IMHO comes from getting to know the roads you drive most very well. There are two stretches I drive everyday that I discovered I can coast for great distances. They are so nearly flat that I never realized what a continuous incline these were... One I can go 1.3 miles with the engine off and coast at a steady 42 mph and come to a near stop with an upcline at the end, whereas before I would have gassed at about 45 mph (rural road). Another regular stretch gets me .5 miles of free coasting.
Very efficient engines benefit least from throttle hyper-miling techniques, I can go crazy with my spouse's i4 Accord and go only from 28 to 30 mpg, whereas the same practices in a V8 Tahoe (my hypermiling buddy drives) will move him from 15 to 25 mpg. Basically, we are talking about how much excess capacity your drivetrain really has... The Ody is a pretty efficient powertrain already too.
The other good news is that folks are becoming aware of hypermilers via mainstream media. I believe that many folks behind me have eventually figured out what I was doing and accomodated, mostly very friendly too... Just remember the days when "cruise control" was new, how annoying was that (and P.S. its till very annoying, especially in hypermiling country)!