Climate change and the credit crunch may have taken some of the fun out of motoring – but the American’s have come up with a new buzz for drivers.
It’s called ‘hypermiling’ – and it’s all about wringing the greatest possible mileage out of a given amount of fuel.
Properly inflated tyres, speed, gear changes, they all add up to saving fuel, money and the planet!
Apparently, the devotees get together to compare how many miles per gallon they have achieved in similar cars, with ‘hypermiling’ clubs springing up across American cities – even in Houston, home of the American oil industry.
So could it catch on over here?
Well, earlier this year, several hundred drivers took a 45 minute test with an expert instructor from the Energy Saving Trust in a scheme organised by Ford Retail, which runs the carmaker’s own 38 UK dealerships.
The initiative highlighted the effectiveness and ease of adopting ‘green’ driving techniques which could save vehicle owners fuel and money as well as cut CO2 emissions.
The scheme aimed to show how the average motorist could make fuel savings of £200-£250 a year and cut their CO2 emissions by at least 15 per cent.
Adopting eco driving technique is also credited with making driving less stressful, cutting accident rates and reducing wear and tear on vehicles.
So what are you waiting for – Happy Hypermiling!
Denna Bowman, Head Office