Hypermiling: Expert Driving to Save 25% on Gas
This article by Mr. Money Mustache discusses ways you've never thought of, to save trips at the pump. He breaks it up into a list of 8 key factors to pay attention to while driving that in the end could save you up to 25% on gas, by not having to fill up as often. His first two sections are about highway and city driving. He talks about how to get the best fuel economy for your car and that is between 25-65 mpg. In city driving he sarcastically says, "if you have to break you're making a mistake." obviously you don't want to hit the person in front of you but by being more aware of cars 2, 3, 4 cars ahead, you can plan better. You want to try to never come to a complete stop. Another good thing about being more aware of your driving is that you become a better, safer driver as well. Little things you can do while driving on the high way is drive behind trucks, your car waste up to 50% of fuel just fighting air resistance. One of the main things you can do to save gas is maximize coasting on neutral, then breaking wont be using fuel as well. You save a lot of fuel by turning off your car for any event where you're sitting still for longer than 10 seconds. So don't sit with you car in the driveway on waiting for someone. Turn your car off! You will save sixty cents to $1.80 on gas per hour. Little things like not using air conditioning as often, putting in your mirrors to resist air, reducing weight and better driving habits can really save you in the end. Little steps don't seem like much or even worth it but when Mr. Money Mustache proves that he can get around 20 plus more mpg, really makes you think about your driving.
One thing Mr. Money Mustache does really good in his blog post, especially in this one, is he breaks it up into simple steps and then expands on them. His steps in order were, "city driving style, highway driving style, engines wastes gas when they're cold, engines are most efficient under fairly high throttle at low RPMs, coasting in neutral only saves a little bit of gas, and only on certain hills, when should I turn off my engine, how much gas does air conditioning really waste, what about headlights and other accessories, and lastly vehicle modifications, small and large." All his main points were bolded and usually at the start of a new paragraph. I'm sure some readers will just read through and get to the main points of Mr. Money Mustache.
He did a really good job at making his main points easy to find but I feel like a weakness is that he adds in a lot of unneeded comments and such. This article was fairly long and could bore its readers. I believe it is part of his humor and wants to keep readers engaged but it is not necessarily needed in every paragraph. When talking about high way driving he said, "But when you are going 75, you should always have this song playing in your head:
“I am Mister Fancy, I am in a hurry, my time is so valuable that I am wasting gas. Wasting gas, wasting gas, look out world I’m wasting gas. Tomorrow I will save some gas, but today I’m wasting gas”. If you do not like my song, you can substitute “Mrs”. for “Mister” above, or even write your own and send it in." This is all unneeded and doesn't draw my attention to his point, I just start to think, "why am I reading this? Who even is this Mr. Money Mustache?"
I believe his blog is so popular, because in a time like today, money is short for most families and they're living paycheck to paycheck. Readers who will do anything to save money will be drawn to his story and his blog post. When you have someone like Mr. Money Mustache, with such a successful outcome for himself, it gives people hope for a better future themselves. His article is a sarcastically written list. I think he has good points and for a teenager like me only making $8.20, ill do anything to save more money. Ive already read a couple of his articles but getting to his main points quicker.