If you go out of your way to save 5 cents on a gallon of unleaded, you may be a “hypermiler.” No, that’s not an insult; it’s a term we use for drivers who value their vehicle’s fuel economy. Hypermiling, when done correctly, can net you up to 70% more miles per gallon. And who are we to disagree with the world-famous MythBusters crew?

Come and join the hypermile club. Implement these 21 fuel-saving strategies the next time you’re behind the wheel.

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1. Avoid Excessive Braking

The key to hypermiling like a pro is to reduce the strain on your engine. Like any motor, one in constant motion is less likely to fail than one that starts and stops repeatedly. Do your best to look ahead of you for stoppages, brake less around corners, and coast to red lights.

2. Avoid Accelerating Aggressively

Gradually accelerate rather than ramming your foot into the pedal – it’s not a race to the designated speed limit. Speeding up too quickly is one of the main reasons why your real-world mpg may not match with your car’s EPA rating.

3. Reduce Wind Resistance & Drag

Although extreme, removing some of your vehicle’s exterior features can result in a big boost to your mpg. Take off items like your roof rack or other storage accessory, and consider replacing your truck tailgate with a cargo net.

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4. Drive Slower Than 45 MPH

There are safety concerns when driving at 45 mph on the highway, of course, so be cautious to follow this advice to a T. Instead, aim to drive under 45 on local roads whenever possible.

5. Shut Down the Engine at Red Lights

When stopped at red lights, you can turn off your engine to increase your overall mileage by nearly 20%.

6. No A/C

Air conditioning in your car uses a lot of energy – the a/c compressor, refrigerant system, condenser, expansion valves, accumulators, and fans all play a part. Shutting off your AC can result in a significant bump in mpg.

As a Miami car dealer, we rarely recommend turning off the AC. However, to fit the theme of this post, we’re giving this technique a “maybe.”

7. Windows Up

Without air conditioning, you’ll probably want to roll your windows down. However, keeping them up helps you maintain the aerodynamics of your vehicle.

8. R-E-L-A-X

A stressful driver makes poor decisions, like accelerating around slower drivers, braking hard, or speeding. Keep your cool (as best you can with the windows up and A/C off - we’re just giving you all the options here).

9. Overinflate Tires

We don’t condone overinflating your tires – an overinflated tire is more likely to fail prematurely – but doing so by just 10% can help you achieve a better mpg rating. For instance, a 10% increase of PSI in Hyundai Kona tires would equal approximately 3 psi. Check your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure to calculate the correct number.

10. Cut Down on Weight

Extra vehicle weight will force your engine to work just a tad more, easily translating to a dip in fuel economy. Check your vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) to see its maximum weight capacity or payload.

11. Use Your Vehicle’s Recommended Fuel Type

Car manufacturers test their vehicles to understand which fuel type is best. In 99 out of 100 cases, everyday drivers should stick to a basic unleaded gasoline, as it’s the preferred fuel type for most vehicles. If you drive a luxury or exotic car, you may want to fill up with premium gas to match the high-octane rating for your model.

12. Check Your Gas Cap

Did you know that you may see warning lights in your dashboard if your vehicle has a broken or loose gas cap? New vehicles have this feature, but older models don’t. Rubber seals around fuel caps can deteriorate, allowing oxygen to get into your car’s fuel line as you use it. This forces your engine to burn more gas than normal.

13. Choose the Right Motor Oil

Try to stick to the engine or motor oil that’s recommended in your vehicle’s manual. Most newer vehicles, including the 2020 Hyundai Venue, will use a synthetic or full-synthetic motor oil, as opposed to a conventional motor oil found in older cars. Synthetic motor oil has fewer impurities and a longer lifespan compared to the conventional type.

14. Use Cruise Control

Got a lead foot? Cruise control was invented for you. Cruise control not only keeps you from accelerating or braking improperly, but newer systems, including Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control, will alter your vehicle’s speed to match with that of traffic. Ask your Hyundai dealer for details on which new models come with Smart Cruise Control.

15. Get Routine Maintenance & Tune-Ups

Is your car in need of routine maintenance? This includes your regular oil changes, tire rotations, and brake checks. Your dash indicators and our Hyundai service department should keep you informed of when your maintenance appointment is due – don’t forget to make an appointment!

16. Don’t Idle

While it may be convenient, starting up your car early in the morning – usually to cool down or warm up the cabin before driving – can use up to one gallon of fuel every hour. An unmoving car gets 0 mpg, after all. A 30-second idle start should be ample time to get your engine ready for the road.

17. Use a Fuel Savings App

To save even more money, find the cheapest gas station near you or on your route with a mobile app like Gas Buddy.

18. Fill Up in the Morning

Better yet, search for the cheap gas stations in the morning. Fueling stations have large containment tanks underground, and when temperatures are cooler, the gasoline is denser; denser gasoline has a faster rate of flow when coming out of the pumps. Science!

19. Replace Your Air Filters

Tons of cars on the road are running with filthy air filters. Simply changing an old, dirty air filter can improve engine efficiency by 15% or more. Check the suggested replacement schedule for your vehicle’s air filter, or allow your dealer’s service center to keep you informed when a change is needed.

20. Get Your Wheels Aligned

Potholes, curbs and generally poor road conditions can do a number on your front-end alignment. Misaligned wheels wear down tires prematurely and can result in poorer gas mileage, sometimes by as much as 10%. A wheel alignment performed by an auto service technician should be quite affordable.

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21. Upgrade to a Fuel-Efficient Car or Hybrid

If you’re driving an older vehicle, now’s the time to make the change to a fuel-efficient car or SUV, like the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue, which gets up to 35 mpg on the highway. Models like the Sonata Hybrid or Hyundai Ioniq are excellent choices for the long haul, as they return up to 54 mpg and 59 mpg, respectively. Plus, they look snazzy.

Have questions about a specific Hyundai vehicle? Contact a Hyundai dealer near you to schedule an appointment or ask about features. For those shopping in Miami or South Florida, give Braman Hyundai a call at (786) 623-6062 to learn more.

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