Group says 'hypermiling' helps save money at the pump

With gas prices higher and higher, you might have heard of a new way to get the most of your mileage -- hypermiling.

It's an idea that's catching on, and one man here in the Tri-state says he's able to get 100 miles per gallon by doing it.

Jud Engels foresaw almost two years ago that we'd have gas at close to $4. That's why whenever he gets in his car, he's hypermiling, and keeping his costs way down.

Engles says believe it. His Toyota Prius gets up to 100 miles per gallon of gas when he drives around Fort Thomas.

And it's not just because his car's a hybrid. It's all because he uses some simple tricks. He took us on a drive to prove it.

"You have to anticipate all your stops, come up to your stops very slowly, and anticipate all the turns you're going to make. That saves a tremendous amount of fuel," he says.

What he's doing is often called hypermiling, which focuses on getting the maximum miles per gallon on any car.

He even has a scan guage to tell him just how hard to push on the gas.

"People that have regular cars that get 25 on the EPA, they can get 50," Engels says.

As he drove around town and even on the highway, he told us hypermiling sarts with basic car maintenance.

"A big thing people don't realize is junk in your truck. So if you're carrying along a lot of things, you should get rid of everything that's in your car because it decreases the weight and it helps for the mileage," he says.

Engels says the idea of hypermiling has became popular enough to start a hypermiling club. He says the groups committed to sharing ideas on how to get a top MPG.

"My attitude was, as gas keeps going up, then I can either except it or I can try to do something to keep my costs down, and that's how I started doing this," he says.

So does hypermiling really work?

"If we look on our round trip, we got 63.3," he says, "which includes highway driving, in town driving, probably mostly highway driving."

Driving that keeps Engels smiling all the way to the bank and the tank.

Engels says other big secret to MPG is to drive the speed limit, because the faster you go, the more your car will drag, causing more gas usage.

While some hypermilers offer tips that are illegal, even dangerous, like rolling through stop signs, Engels says this group is just trying to find legal, simple ways to keep gas use down, and mileage up.

The Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky hypermiler club is holding a meeting this week, on Saturday at 11 a.m. in pavillion number two at For Thomas' Tower Park. Sara Gouedy