Are you a hypermiler?

Recently Daniel Appleman (old-school Windows programmer, heheh, I never thought I’d say that about him) gave me a ride in his new Prius. He showed me how the car was training him to drive slower: it was like driving a video game. On the dashboard was a guage which showed how much gas the car was using. Speed up, gas milage went down. Drive slower, it goes up.

This display inside Prius’s and other cars, along with an increased focus on saving fuel for money reasons and environmental reasons, is leading to a new kind of driver behavior: hypermiling. Matt Kelly has an interesting podcast with several guys who hypermile.

59 thoughts on “Are you a hypermiler?

  1. Hypermiling is my new favorite hobby. I can sort of make a ‘game’ out of seeing how much gas mileage I can get when I’m heading to work. As I drive the same route daily I try to get better and better at anticipating stuff and beat my MPG record from before. It helps to get a MPG meter installed too. Anyways I love hypermiling!

  2. Hypermiling is my new favorite hobby. I can sort of make a ‘game’ out of seeing how much gas mileage I can get when I’m heading to work. As I drive the same route daily I try to get better and better at anticipating stuff and beat my MPG record from before. It helps to get a MPG meter installed too. Anyways I love hypermiling!

  3. I have a ’91 Ford Explorer I like to “hypermile” in. Of course, 20 mpg is my goal instead of 40 :D . But I used to get 13 mpg, now I get 17-19 mpg in mixed driving; it’s hard to sneeze at a 25% improvement.

    I used to get road rage at tailgaters and the like, but being in 2 tons of Detroit iron reminds me nothing is likely to happen. So I just sit back, enjoy driving a smooth running piece of machinery, and disassociate myself from the actions of drivers around me. I try to watch them like a people watcher at the park, and when they jump in front of me or tailgate, I just watch them and chuckle at them. I remember being a immature driver once upon a time. Now I just enjoy driving. I don’t mind when someone tailgates; I just say to myself “my car can beat up your car.”

    Remember when driving a car was fun? when you used to daydream about getting a chance to borrow Mom and Dad’s car? It may be these Prius owners have rediscovered the joy of driving. Why begrudge them a simple joy of life?

  4. I have a ’91 Ford Explorer I like to “hypermile” in. Of course, 20 mpg is my goal instead of 40 :D . But I used to get 13 mpg, now I get 17-19 mpg in mixed driving; it’s hard to sneeze at a 25% improvement.

    I used to get road rage at tailgaters and the like, but being in 2 tons of Detroit iron reminds me nothing is likely to happen. So I just sit back, enjoy driving a smooth running piece of machinery, and disassociate myself from the actions of drivers around me. I try to watch them like a people watcher at the park, and when they jump in front of me or tailgate, I just watch them and chuckle at them. I remember being a immature driver once upon a time. Now I just enjoy driving. I don’t mind when someone tailgates; I just say to myself “my car can beat up your car.”

    Remember when driving a car was fun? when you used to daydream about getting a chance to borrow Mom and Dad’s car? It may be these Prius owners have rediscovered the joy of driving. Why begrudge them a simple joy of life?

  5. I know what you mean Jewellery. It can be intimidating being in front of those drivers. My suggestion is to just slow down even more, or to even jam on the brakes. If they hit you, that’s their fault–their insurance rates will let them know they need to slow down and cool it. I used to be one of those drivers years ago, and I do confess, sometimes in LA I can still get that road rage feeling, but I still see plenty of cars speed by me all the time, and it makes me laugh when I finally get to the red light and there they are sitting there too!

  6. I know what you mean Jewellery. It can be intimidating being in front of those drivers. My suggestion is to just slow down even more, or to even jam on the brakes. If they hit you, that’s their fault–their insurance rates will let them know they need to slow down and cool it. I used to be one of those drivers years ago, and I do confess, sometimes in LA I can still get that road rage feeling, but I still see plenty of cars speed by me all the time, and it makes me laugh when I finally get to the red light and there they are sitting there too!

  7. If I were a hypermiler I might end up losing my driver’s license every now and them. Don’t you think I’ll be in jail for traffic incidents and all most of the time? Or am I just looking at the negative side of being a hypermiler?

  8. If I were a hypermiler I might end up losing my driver’s license every now and them. Don’t you think I’ll be in jail for traffic incidents and all most of the time? Or am I just looking at the negative side of being a hypermiler?

  9. Man, I would love to hypermile more. The problem, I think, is really the other drivers : the pushy ones that try and push everyone either off the road, or faster down the road. I’ve tried a few times to do some makeshift manual hypermiling, but my plans are always spoilt by some suit in a faster car insisting that I go his ridiculous speed in a residential area. I have no patience for those kinds of people, but they push you so badly that you just want to speed up to get away from them and the accidents they’re almost causing all around themselves!

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