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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.