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Study: Losing Weight Can Increase Your Gas Mileage
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 19, 2012 @ 7:54PM
Created on October 19, 2012 @ 5:53PM
As gas prices continue to flirt with four dollars a gallon we're always looking to save a few bucks at the pump.
Researchers from the University of Illinois claim if you would like better gas mileage all you need to do is lose some weight.
"I don't believe it," motorist, James Shanesy said.
Obviously the study has it's critics, but there's little denial that we're getting bigger and fatter.
"People used to be 5'4" and weigh 110 pounds," Morgantown resident, James Stemper said. "Now we're more than 6 feet high and 200 pounds."
That gives some credit to the claim that due to our weight we're using an extra one billion gallons of gas a year.
"Five to 10 pounds probably doesn't make much of a difference," theorized Stemper. "If you lose 40, 50, 100 pounds I'm sure it makes a difference."
Apparently car companies have already picked up on this. That's because for years they've tried to lighten our cars, but thanks to our expanding waste lines we've canceled out all those savings.
"Everyone laughs at my Honda Accord," Morgantown resident, Jennifer Rowan said. "I get 43 miles per gallon."
Some gas stations aren't making it easier because they're advertising junk food specials right on the pump.
However the question stays the same, would you be willing to lose some weight to save some cash on gas?
"Sure! If I thought it would help the mileage (I would)," Shanesy said.
"If it helps my gas mileage then I'm okay with doing it (losing weight)," Stemper said.
"I guess I would," Rowan said.
There are few other tips you can use to increase your mileage.
  • Drive more efficiently - Avoid speeding and aggressive driving
  • Keep your car in shape - Keep up on your car's maintenance
  • Plan & combining trips - If you have to run errands, try to get them done all in one trip
  • Choose a more efficient vehicle - Choose the car that best fits your needs

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