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Simple Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

Report reveals ways to improve fuel economy by up to 45%

by on Sep.20, 2011

Some simple tricks can help improve your mileage by as much as 45%.

With gas prices on the rise again, motorists are frantically searching for ways to improve their fuel economy.  That’s convinced many drivers to downsize, whether switching from a big truck to a small car or simply shifting from a V-8 to a V-6.

But a new report suggests that you don’t have to trade in to save fuel.  In fact, “decisions a driver makes beyond vehicle selection can improve vehicle fuel economy by up to 45%,” according to the study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

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The study is divided into three categories that consider the decisions a driver might make:

  • Strategic, which covers the type of vehicle a driver purchases and how that vehicle is maintained;
  • Tactical, which involves the routes a driver selects and how they load up the vehicle; and
  • Operation, which covers driver behavior.