What is Hypermiling? Besides 2008’s Word of the Year

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That’s right, the Oxford American Dictionary named “Hypermiling” the word of the year in 2008. But a lot of you are probably asking yourself, ‘what is hypermiling?’ The answer, according to the OAD, is, “the attempt to maximize gas mileage by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one’s car and one’s driving techniques.” Some of the ways that Time listed you could hypermile is by keeping your tires properly inflated, shutting off your engine at stoplights, using less air conditioning, and not accelerating as much. But, over the last year, we’ve seen some cooler ways to hypermile: the EcoPedal by Nissan, Travolution by Audi, SmartGauge by Ford, and even the greenMeter iPhone/iPod App. So, are you going to be hypermiling this year?

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