I’ve had a bit of time on my hands for the last few weeks. I also haven’t had my tortuous commute. So, I thought it would be a good week to brush up on my Hypermiling skills.
For almost the entire week I had less than 100 miles of highway driving. All of it city, or what I consider consider city where I live. Lots of roads with speeds between 40 & 45MPH. Not too many stops and not a lot of traffic.
My biggest tool? Using the gear box. I was shifting at 3K RPMs, coasting up to stop signs/lights and letting my foot off the throttle on downhills (in gear coasting, not neutral coasting). I haven’t changed the pressure in my tires or replaced my airfilter element.
Quick reminder, I’m driving a 2003 MINI Cooper, not an MCS. I have installed a K&N Typhoon Intake and Borla Exhaust. Oh yea, I also have 189K miles on the odometer. Most of this was also with the A/C running as the temps have been over 100F/37C all week.
Total miles driven: 358.7
Total gallons used: 12.0
Total MPG: 29.9
The on-board computer said I was good for another 30 miles which sounds about right for the gallon of fuel left in the tank.
The reason I say city driving isn’t how you do it is because I know, in my car at 70MPH, I can go well over 400 miles on a tank of gas.
Nice to know I can still get 30. But man is the driving boring. The things you gotta do when you need to make a tank of gas last a week.
What techniques have you used and/or what kind of mileage are you getting these days?