Driver Behavior Key to Achieving Recommended MPG

Forbes - September 11, 2011

A report issued by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan’s Trans­porta­tion Research Insti­tute says a com­bi­na­tion of lead-foot­ed dri­ving, improp­er auto main­te­nance and poor route selec­tion can reduce a car’s fuel econ­o­my by as much as 45 per­cent. The report’s authors deter­mined that the aver­age real-world fuel econ­o­my in the U.S. is 17.4 mpg, far less than the 2011 new car mod­el-year fed­er­al cor­po­rate aver­age fuel econ­o­my man­date of 27.5. Tips to dri­vers to help cars oper­ate more effi­cient­ly include ensur­ing the engine is prop­er­ly tuned, oil changes at rec­om­mend­ed inter­vals, and keep­ing tires prop­er­ly inflat­ed.