According to this article, hypermiling is both a "fad" and a cause of road rage. We think it's important to avoid generalizations and keep things in perspective.
The "Hypermiling Causes Road Rage" Argument
Firstly, we're pretty sure that a lot more road rage incidents are caused by aggressive and foot-heavy drivers than by hypermilers. So while it is perfectly justified to blame those specific hypermilers that drive in dangerous ways, something we don't recommend, we must be careful not to put all of them in the same basket. Hypermiling is not one single thing, but rather a bag of tricks, and drivers should think about which ones are appropriate in any situation (and some might never be recommended). So we should encourage safe and fuel-efficient driving, and discourage unsafe driving, both of the fuel-efficient and gas-guzzling types, not throw the baby out with the bath-water.
The "Hypermiling is a Fad" Argument
Secondly, labeling it a fad is a bit short-sighted. If oil prices stay high (and the value of the US dollar stays low), what we're seeing now is only the tip of the iceberg. If something stops it, it will probably be the turnover of the US car fleet to more fuel efficient models over the years, maybe eventually catching up with Europe and Asia where fuel prices have been high for a long time. This might be good timing since lots of plug-in hybrids and electric cars are coming out in 2010.
What's your Story?
Please let us know in the comments below what you think about bad driving and hypermiling (in the broadest sense of the term). Are they highly correlated? Are hypermilers usually better and more focused drivers? Horror stories? Success stories?
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