View Full Version : Anyone up for "hypermiling"?

05-01-2008, 10:57 PM
I'd love to see the F350 drafting a Honda Fit ...

Known as 'hypermiling,' the method can double gas mileage, even in gas-guzzling vehicles that would normally get less than 20 mpg.

Promoted on a growing number of Web sites, hypermiling includes pumping up tires to the maximum rating on their sidewalls, which may be higher than levels recommended in car manuals; using engine oil of a low viscosity, and the controversial practice of drafting behind other vehicles on the highway to reduce aerodynamic drag -- a practice begun a few years ago by truck drivers.

05-02-2008, 12:26 AM
A few years ago?

They've been doing that for decades. Ever see Convoy?

And I always draft. I pull right in about 10 feet of the semi and coast.

However, I think over inflating your tires only ruins them and gives you bad traction for when you need to make an emergency stop because you're only 10 feet off the back bumper of a semi.

05-02-2008, 02:21 AM
I've been commuting on my motorcycle (http://motorcycle4amonth.blogspot.com) instead. I don't think I'll ever see 55 sustained mpg with my Corvette, but that's routine for my Suzuki.

05-02-2008, 02:48 AM
in my (much) younger days, I drafted off the back of semi's a couple of times, when I was on my motorcycle. We thought it was fun, but that's how it is when you're young, dumb, and full o' ***.