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July 10, 2008

Does Hypermiling Cause Road Rage?

Roadrage_3As hypermilers slowly coast to a fuel-savings-induced state of bliss, the speed-lovers on their tails are burning with road rage. Michael Rowland of Correspondents Report, an Australian radio program, explains that hypermilers are catching flack in major metropolitan areas:  "Driving slowly may work very well in, say, Boise, Idaho. But it's fraught with danger in Washington. Driving in the Greater Washington area is a full contact sport."

The American Automobile Association recently slammed certain hypermiling techniques, explaining that practices such as cutting off a vehicle's engine to coast on a roadway, drafting larger vehicles, and rolling through stop signs endanger hypermilers as well as their fellow motorists. Hypermilers raged back, however, in CleanMPG's item by item defense of hypermiling methods. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Kentucky are apparently considering legislation that would allow electric vehicles to share the road. If passed, the bill would allow EVs to cruise Kentucky's roads at a modest 45 miles per hour. Hmmm, any thoughts on how that road rage battle might play out?

--D.W.

Sources:  CleanMPG, Consumer Affairs, Green Daily, KY Post, AAA, Correspondents Report, Treehugger

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