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.
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.