I get the impression most of you are taking hypermiling more seriously than me - I use a very light right foot on both the pedals it presses, and knock the car into neutral (or coast in gear as appropriate) a fair bit, but then I live in a hilly city. I also make occasional use of burn and coast, which was something I adopted in the tankers strike of 2000, or whenever it was. I also draught lorries ocasionally, but I tend to be the first to put my lights on and the last to turn them off, and I don't see the point carrying all the weight of the air conditioning system and being hot. I'#ve done well over 350k miles in 6 different cars, none of which have been new, and never had a clutch replaced and have only had two new sets of brake pads (and I was a young man once too) so I must be farily gentle.
I don't think my passengers generally notice when I try and eke out the fuel, although I did have to get somewhere quickly the other week and my wife said "I'd forgotten you can drive like this" - which I took as a compliment
My question is, do you think your passengers notice that you are much more efficient?
We hired a car last month to go from Sheffield to Wales - a nice long run. We got given a 1.8 petrol Astra, which was disappointing. I normally specify I want a diesel, but this time I forgot. I was pleased that I managed a trip average of 40.1mpg compared to 32mpg when I got it though. That included some big hills (although of course net change in height was 0) and getting stuck in traffic on the big hill at the end of the M67 which really did for overall economy. I also could not persuade my wife to turn off her heated seat for the entire two days! Anyway, I looked on Parkers and it lsts the silly spec Astra (leather seats in an Astra, I asks you!) as 39mpg, so I was well pleased with myself - until I looked deeper and saw that extra-urban is, apparently, 50.4 mpg. I was on about 45mpg on the outward leg, which in all honestly was pretty much all extra urban apart from 5 miles in Sheffield and a bit of looking for a good parking space in Llandudno, but that is a long way off 50.4. Am I not very good at this, or could climate control and a heated seat (I know, I know!) make that much difference?