For Earth Day, Edmunds.com Provides Gas-Saving Tips to Help Boost Fuel Efficiency by 35 Percent

For Earth Day, Edmunds.com Provides Gas-Saving Tips to Help Boost Fuel Efficiency by 35 Percent


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For Earth Day, Edmunds.com Provides Gas-Saving Tips to Help Boost Fuel Efficiency by 35 Percent

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — April 21, 2008 — As gas prices recently hit a national record high of $3.38 per gallon average, Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, tested common fuel-saving myths in an effort to educate consumers about maximizing fuel efficiency. The full article, "We Test the Tips," can be found at: http://www.edmunds.com/advice/fueleconomy/articles/125158/article.html.

The testing team focused on driving style and aerodynamics, and discovered the following:

  • Aggressive driving, such as high speeds, intense acceleration and frequent lane changes, can decrease fuel economy by 35 percent.
  • Adding luggage to the roof-rack of a crossover SUV can cause a 21 percent loss in fuel economy.
  • At 65 miles per hour, rolling down the windows instead of turning on the air-conditioner netted 9.5 percent better gas mileage.
"Simple changes to your driving style, such as avoiding hard accelerating and lowering your freeway cruising speed can dramatically boost fuel economy," said Dan Edmunds, Edmunds.com's Director of Vehicle Testing.

"Relax your driving style and perform routine maintenance such as tire pressure checks and air filter replacements to save dollars, not just pennies, on gasoline," says Phil Reed, Edmunds.com's Senior Consumer Advice Editor.

For additional advice from We Test the Tips, please visit http://www.edmunds.com/advice/fueleconomy/articles/125158/article.html. More fuel-saving advice articles can be found by visiting Edmunds' Green Car Guide at www.edmunds.com/fueleconomy.

About Edmunds Inc. (http://www.edmunds.com/about/)
Edmunds Inc. publishes three Web sites that empower, engage and educate automotive consumers and enthusiasts. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive consumer information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information Web site. Its most popular feature, the Edmunds.com True Market Value®, is relied upon by millions of people seeking current transaction prices for new and used vehicles. Edmunds.com was named "Best Car Research Site" by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "Most Useful Web Site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com Study(SM), was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal and was rated "#1" in Keynote's study of third-party automotive Web sites. Inside Line launched in January 2005 and is the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site. CarSpace launched in February 2006 and is an automotive lifestyle social networking Web site for anyone with an interest in automobiles. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.

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