Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Tom asks: Whatever happened with the hyper-miling phenomenon, where people drove to maximize mpg, driving slowly, etc. and got amazing results?
My reply: I’ve seen no evidence that this annoying, inconsiderate form of “driving” has waned; indeed, it seems to be waxing. Whether it is due to people’s ever-increasing passivity – and equation of anything that smacks of alacrity as “unsafe” – I don’t know. All I know is I regularly encounter “drivers” who crawl away from green lights, refuse to accelerate up to the speed of traffic they are attempting to merge with (expecting traffic to decelerate, to accommodate them) and operating at a generally palsied pace.
Mind, I have no issue with – I encourage – smooth, anticipatory driving. The use of gaps in traffic to maintain momentum. Observing traffic light patterns and driving in such a way as to avoid having to stop completely and also to maintain speed in between lights. All of this enhances the flow of traffic, generally and will also reduce fuel consumption as well as wear and tear on brakes, tires, clutches and so on. Indeed, this is a worthwhile driving skill to acquire and master as it makes one a better, more efficient (and attentive) driver.
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