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This means you. MPG is very sensitive to how you drive. If you drive like tony Stewart, expect crummy MPG. Drive like grandpa, and you probably get good MPG.

Read this:
Beating the EPA - The Whys and How to Hypermile - CleanMPG Forums
This encompasses all the tricks. This is the guy that routinely get 34 MPG from new Ford truck. 47 MPG from his Ranger. 100+ from a first-generation Honda Insight. Nobody else drives like this, and the link was written mainly for hybrid jockies. But there is a lot you can take for your use.

Much of it is not new. Accelerate as gently as possible. Coast where you can. These trucks can coast a long, long way if you are not pressed. Stay off the brakes if you can. You’ve already paid for that momentum – use it.

The older guys remember the horror of the 55 MPH speed limit of the 70s and 80s. It was the most widely hated piece of legislation since the Vollsted Act. But give the devil his due. Driving 70 imposes double aerodynamic load on your truck than does 55. At highway speeds (all else being equal) aero load is about 70% of the road load.

On the Turbo Diesel Registry, there was a Dodge Cummins jockey who claimed better than 30 MPG on his one-ton Dodge. I’m not surprised when he said he never drove over 40 MPH.

To maintain fidelity with the average Joe pickup driver, I drive the posted limit.

A couple of tricks peculiar to these trucks:

Maybe somebody else noticed it first, but Dave Lott pointed out to me that keeping the EGT under 600 degrees is a path to good MPG. I’ve found that works. It is easy money for me with my 6-speed, but automatic guys can do it with some practice.

Unless load and grade prevent it, 6-speed guys can upshift at 1300 RPM indicated on your dash tach. The lower engine speed you shift at the better.
 
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Work on your hypermiling, people. I hear $7 diesel is in the cards for California.
 

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Hypermile from Texas to Ohio with your wife and kid - see how long you stay married when you're into the third day of what would normally be a day and a half trip. There's also the excitement of truck drivers hauling 30 tons riding up your rear because you're doing 45 MPH on an 80 MPH interstate.
 

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You don't have to hypermill everything, but 90% of it is excellent advice.

Btw was on a road trip with the fam, I normally don't go over 70, was driving 80
 

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Hypermile from Texas to Ohio with your wife and kid - see how long you stay married when you're into the third day of what would normally be a day and a half trip. There's also the excitement of truck drivers hauling 30 tons riding up your rear because you're doing 45 MPH on an 80 MPH interstate.
Hypermiling does not mean driving 35 MPH under the limit unless you are a Dodge Ram jockey.
 

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I first read this thread years ago when I bought my Excursion, and I've tried to follow the practical advice whenever I can ever since. It's become so second nature that I cringe when riding with the wife in her truck and she keeps accelerating all the way until the very last second and then brakes kinda hard even though the light ahead was red, traffic was stopped, etc. lol It has served me well. I average in the high teens for mileage even though the majority of my driving is in town, and as long as the wind isn't fighting me hard I get around 20 on the freeway. I even managed to get 22 MPG on a road trip once and I wasn't being left in the dust by the rest of traffic. IMO, these are all simply changes in driving habits so they cost us nothing and since we get something back in return it's a no-brainer.
 

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The ability of these big trucks to coast makes hypermiling with a stick really effective. On flat terrain you can easily coast nearly a mile getting off an Interstate exit.
 
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