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Pokemon Go is Killing My Mileage

By now, everyone knows about Pokemon Go. If you don’t, you must be living under a rock since there have been at least 15 articles about it posted on Jalopnik and over 4,600 references to it here in Oppoland. We’ve been warned about playing it while driving and we’ve been taught how to do it without catching a tree.


The one warning we haven’t received is how Pokemon Go kills your mileage. I’m sure that there are some inferences about killing the environment too, but it can’t be too bad, right?

I’m here to tell you that it is bad. Really bad.

Since I’ve started taking my son around for some drive-by Pokemoning, the fuel mileage in my car has dropped between 1.2 to 2.8 miles per gallon. That’s mostly due to the slow speeds, frequent stops, and excessive idling while I wait for him to play the game.

The financial impact isn’t significant in the short term, but if we were to to do this year-round, it would cost me somewhere between $125 and $250 in extra fuel! That really puts a damper on this activity. I’m so cheap I won’t even pay for an annual XBox Live membership and that costs half as much.

School is starting soon, so that should help quench some of the Pokemon enthusiasm, but I have another plan in mind. I signed us up for some kayaking lessons! It costs way less, includes everyone in the family, and sets us up for some fun outdoor time without any pocket screens.


Now it’s time to look into the cost a couple of good kayaks and the right adapter(s) for my roof rack.


Yeah, looks like fun.

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