Hypermiling Increase gas mileage Fact or Fiction?

by Scott on May 1, 2008

I saw an article today come across my Yahoo home page and it caught my attention. “Hypermiling” sounds like an extreme sport for those who want to conserve every drop of fuel from their vehicles. Some of the suggestions for Hypermiling include filling air to maximum tire pressure suggested by the tire manufacture and drifting behind 18 wheel trucks. This and other suggestions found in a Reuter’s article Hypermiling suggest that you can double your gas mileage. Are you a hypermiler? What are your thoughts? Even if it were possible to increase gas mileage, how do I find an 18 wheeler to draft in the city? If you inflate tires to maximum pressure, will this decrease their performance or longevity? Speaking of tires, I need to replace my old rear tires on my Prius. They are getting a little smooth on the outside and I think I might ask the guy’s at Costco tire if they have any thoughts about increasing tire pressure.

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1 Madison Mancinelli May 6, 2008 at 2:39 am

Hi Scott! Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!! I had to check out the atricle on “hypermiling”! I think everyone is doing everything they can to increase their gas milage.

We took our Expedition on a 8 hour trip this weekend, drove as conservatively as possibe and got a whopping 19.5 mpg! UGH!!!

I question one of the ideas the author of “Hypermiling” suggested and that is using a low viscosity oil. It is my understanding that a low liscosity oil is very thin and won’t protect your engine, especialy when it is hot out. Your engine could soon be toast!

I enjoyed my visit to your blog!! I hope you will stop by mine for another visit!!!

2 Scott May 6, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Thanks for your comment Madison. I agree, I wonder if the tradeoff with engine protection is worth the increase in fuel efficiency? Maybe if the driver’s plan is to drive a car until it dies. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog as well and have it added to my blogroll.


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