Have you ever wondered why the fuel mileage numbers that you get out of your vehicle are sometimes less than what the sticker says they should be?  In your musings, do you blame the auto manufacturer? The government’s way of testing? Or do you think that possibly the way you drive the vehicle might account for the potential discrepancy?

Do you think that the way you drive can have a real effect on what kind of fuel economy you can get?

Do you think that the way you drive now lets you get the most out of the car in terms of fuel economy and reduced carbon footprint?

Do you think you could be taught how to drive more fuel efficiently?

Do you even care?

If  not, then this blog is not for you.

But if you think that you can do something to increase your ability to save fuel,to save money and to help reduce the production of C02 then read on.

The big question is, whose responsibility is it to increase fuel mileage?

As reported by the New York Times, a recent set of regulations that mandate an increase in fuel economy for vehicles in the United States could have wide-ranging positive and negative effects.

On the positive side, cars with better fuel economy will use less fuel, meaning it will be longer before you need to go to the pump, and they will pollute less, because they are burning less, and finally, they can potentially reduce our demand for foreign oil.

On the negative side, making cars more fuel efficient means that those vehicles will end up costing more, perhaps more than the cost in fuel savings can recoup.

If the regs become set in stone, the consumer will have to bear the burden.  But, does it really have to be a burden?

Seriously, think about it.

Saving fuel is a good thing. Hard to argue that.

Reducing carbon output is a good thing too.  I mean as long as saving fuel reduces that output, then why fight it? Right?

The thing is, as a driver, you can take some of the responsibility for getting better fuel economy and put it on your own shoulders.

The fact is, how you drive will absolutely help. Another fact; how you drive can be more beneficial to increasing your fuel mileage than forcing the manufacturers to develop more fuel efficient cars in the first place.

Here’s the problem. You can’t tell people how to drive. Even if teaching them how to save fuel can also lead to a safer driving experience for them and others.

The proof is in the veritable on-road pudding. People don’t follow speed limits, or put down their cell phones, or give the job of driving much respect. Many of us view driving as an inalienable right.

That’s fine, but remember that you can’t much complain about how much fuel costs if you can’t even do what it takes to reduce the amount that you use and ultimately what it costs you.

Its almost absurd. A person will drive 15 miles out of their way to get fuel that is 3 cents a gallon cheaper, but they won’t even practice fuel saving strategies to get there.

So what are these things that we as consumers can do, when we’re behind the wheel? What can we do to affect a sense of share responsibility with the auto makers the law makers and ourselves.

We can do what we call Ecodriving.  Its like dieting… for your car. Doing all the common sense things that we know we should be doing, but for some reason choose not to do.

Well, not doing, is costing us. A lot.

Relying on car makers to do all the work for us is costing us.

The NYT article quotes a source that suggests that making vehicles more fuel efficient could increase the cost of a model up to $5,000.

On the other hand, if the consumer just practices some of the most modest Ecodriving techniques like driving the speed limit and being careful with acceleration, a 15% increase in their fuel mileage is entirely possible.

For Free!!!!  Nothing. Notta.  Just keep to the speed limit and be easy on the throttle.

The NYT article also quotes a source as indicating that the fuel efficiency requirements soon to be placed on auto makers could reduce the U.S. consumption of oil by 1.5 million barrels per day by the year 2030.

If only half of every driver in the U.S. simply reduced their fuel consumption by an incredibly-easy-to-achieve 10%, we could reduce our daily use of fuel on our roadways by somewhere around 24 million gallons or half a million barrels – starting… today and going every day.


So, the take away is this.  If you really want to save money on fuel, if you think reducing carbon footprint is a good thing, then don’t wait for someone else to do the work for you. Try Ecodriving. Its one of those win, win, win situations.

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About Mike Speck

Lead facilitator and Master Ecodriving trainer for Ecodriving Solutions.
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