Gas-Saving Moment of the Day: Lose Some Weight

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Remember how we told you that added weight in the car could cost you mileage? Well, we're not just talking about the golf clubs in your trunk.

In 2006, studies by the University of Illinois and Virginia Commonwealth University determined that today’s drivers’ added weight is responsible for 938 million extra gallons of gas a year compared to their forebears in the ‘60s.

Since 1960, the average weight of an American has increased by 24 pounds. Each extra pound in the car, times all the cars on the road today, accounts for more than 39 million gallons of gas a year. Factor in the average 24-pound body-weight increase, and that’s nearly a billion extra gallons of gas based strictly on the additional body mass of the American populace.

Look, you've been meaning to get in shape anyway, right? What better time than now, when it will save you money at the pump?

Study: Weight Gain of U.S. Drivers has Increased Nation's Fuel Consumption (Green Car Congress)

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By Stephen Markley | July 23, 2008 | Comments (6)

Comments 

It's not just the USA that sufferd problems related to weight factors - we Brits are just as guilty - overweight is now the norm

DL

don't forget, if you walk or bike to more places, you would improve your health AND use less gas (more so by not driving, less so by weight a few pounds less)!!!

Juan Carlos

not only do people go to mcdonalds, they do it in their cars and then go to the drive tru. at least get out of the car and walk in. even at work rather than walk across the hall and talk, people use the phone and email.

and that four-lane highway between you and the mall forces you to use the car.

J

What could be worse?
An overweight driver waiting at the drive through to get the baconator sandwich that comes with 840 calories.

Deb

you could also save weight by just filling the tank half way - average gas tank is 15 gallons, at 6.1 lbs/ gallon could save you over 45 lbs.

WriterDude

Dodgy math, at least by omission -- how much more did the cars of the 60s weigh, and how much worse was the average fuel mileage efficiency? Those factors, if factored in, would almost certainly come off worse than 24 pounds per American in today's comparatively lightweight vehicles.

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