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Old 01-03-2008, 01:37 PM   #1
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The "Unheralded" advantage of Hypermiling!

I know we all save fuel with hypermiling techniques and improvements...that is a given. But something I have not seen brought up in any posts is the "avoidance of SPEEDING TICKETS". Holding speeds down like I have the past few months has eliminated any "close calls" with the law. I don't even "flinch" when I see a "Speed Trap" around the corner. It seems lately Hypermiling might have saved me from signing the dotted line more than a couple of times.
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:54 PM   #2
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LoL this is quite the truth.

And the irony is that you notice them more, you can see them from far away as well.

You also notice the packs of cars that come past you in almost a timed sequence.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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Yup. Me too. Slower = not speeding.

However, do be careful. I rolled through a stop sign at a corner where I turned, and nearly got ticketed. Right after I rolled through, I spotted 2 officers following me in a cruiser. I REALLY behaved myself till I pulled into my driveway and they continued on. Whew.
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:00 PM   #4
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I have to hit the gas when I see a cop on the freeway. I don't want to get a ticket for impeding the flow of traffic!
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:42 AM   #5
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DRW: Now that is hilarious! Haha... got a good laugh from that.

As for me, I have to agree with brucepick. Sure it is nice not having to worry about speeding tickets, but I definitely treat all stop signs as yields. Since I currently don't pay for any of my fuel, all I am really doing with this is setting myself up for major fines. Oh well, planet over the green in my pocket I guess.

To add to the list, you can expect less chipped windshields when you drive slower. That is, as long as you avoid drafting... or draft RIGHT ON the trucks bumper!
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:32 AM   #6
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I once coasted (engine off), at midnight, down a long road, through a roundabout ('traffic circle'), then on. The police car hiding behind the car dealers then came after me with lights on etc . I saw it from the corner of my eye before it lit up etc, and I reactivated the engine (gentle bumpstart in 5th) as my car was turning around the roundabout (so, taillight intensities were changing from their view anyway). It turns out it was a 'routine' stop, but most likely because I had an old car.

edit - of course, nothing was wrong with my car, it had tax / mot etc (which is what they were checking for)
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:18 PM   #7
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I just had an experience today pertaining to the speeding ticket deal.

I was merging on to the highway (speed limit 65) from the on ramp. A lady driving a silver Camry decided to pull into the passing lane and fly past me before I even pulled into the right lane. She was so busy in her little world that she didn't notice the silver Charger police car on the on ramp 1/4 mile up the road. Well, actually she noticed it just as she came along side of it and slammed on her brakes. The police car accelerated from a complete stop up to 70mph in front of me (which was pretty impressive) and caught up to her. Flipped on the lights, but she either didn't see them because she wasn't paying attention or just didn't want to stop. Anyways, about 1.5miles later after taking an exit and merging onto a different highway she finally pulled off the road for the officer. Silly people.

Anyways, I guess the point is that another benefit to hypermiling would be a heightened sense of awareness while driving. I was hoping that she was going to get pulled over, lol. I'm a meanie!
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:18 PM   #8
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I have also had people "trapped for lack of a better word" behind me and riding my bumper...and I am usually going within 5mph of the posted speed limit. The next thing you know we pass a speed trap under a bridge...they come around me later and wave. I think they thought I had a Radar Detector.
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Yeah stop signs and coasting down 25mph limit hills the two hypermiler killers.
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:48 AM   #10
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I actually exceeded the points limit for driver's here in KY about 3 months ago. Then 2 weeks ago I get a notice in the mail that I am to appear in front of a judge and argue to keep my license because they want to pull it for 6 months. I pull up in my Saturn w/ make-shift moon hub caps, a big vacuum gauge mounted behind the steering wheel, and a HAI under the hood and go inside to aruge my case. I essentially tell them I've turned my driving style around and showed proof of gas receipts and MPG increasing over the past few months.

I explained that all the tickets were in my Camaro which I now only race on weekends at the track...

I am on driving probation for 1 year, but they let me keep my license.

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