Hypermiling: A different approach.

With gas prices going sky high, there are a lot of suggestions on how to save gas on the news. Yesterday I read an article on something called “Hypermiling
Some of the stuff that ‘Hypermilers’ do are outright dangerous and stupid like ‘drafting’ behind a big rig with the engine off and taking turns at 50 mph.

So this post is aimed at those who are considering the technique of hypermiling or want to know how to get more miles per gallon out of your car. The answer is quite simple, ride a bike.

Consider the following scenario: The Toyota Prius’ EPA MPG estimate is about 46mpg, my commute for the week is 150 miles, and if I would drive 75 miles and ride 75 miles the theoretical MPG* of the Prius would be 96MPG!. Obviously, the more you ride the better MPG you get. Of course, this method of Hypermiling also comes with the benefits of bike commuting, you know, better health, zero emissions, double the fun factor of driving a Prius and the only drafting you’ll do is sucking the wheel of another bike commuter (although they are hard to find).

*Theoretical MPG was obtained using the calculator from our tools page.


  1. Benjamin Jones May 1, 2008 12:29 pm 

    When I saw this post in my RSS feed I was pretty shocked, because I never expected to see it showing up on a bike blog, but here it is. I am a hypermiler myself, who prefers to bike when possible, so that’s kinda neat for me to see.

    If anyone wants to learn more, there is a new tips & tricks database for hypermilers, with 100+ tips right now: http://ecomodder.com/forum/hypermiling-driving-tips-ecodriving.php

    Sweet post though!

  2. J.D. May 1, 2008 12:44 pm 

    Haha. This post came up in a Google Alert on “hypermiling” for me.

    I also prefer to bike rather than drive, but when I do drive I definitely squeeze every drop of gas until it cries.

    I like your list, Benjamin. Hard not to when the first tip is “drive less!” :)

  3. RL Policar May 1, 2008 12:53 pm 

    My name is RL Policar, I am a Hypermiler…

    I used to drive 110 miles each way for a weekly project for work. I’d sit right behind a big rig doing 55mph all the way down and I’d get about 40mpg.

  4. 2whls3spds May 1, 2008 4:15 pm 

    I love to hypermile too…I park my truck and ride Amtrak, saves 430 miles a week! 😀


  5. wannaCmore May 1, 2008 4:18 pm 

    I heard today that if Exxon was a nation, they would have the 18th strongest economy on the planet. I don’t like that, so I’m doing something about it. I’m buying a hybrid… 2006 Kona Smoke!

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