How To Improve Your Fuel Economy

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

The pollutants being pushed out of your vehicle are being put on hold.

"I think that this was long overdue," said MSU Professor of Mechanical Engineering Harold Schock.

At the MSU Engine & Automotive Research Lab, it's their job to test engines for fuel efficiency with advanced technology, Schock says a new national standard for fuel emissions will mean boosting turbocharge and downsizing engines.

"Downsizing from six cylinder to perhaps three cylinder that will still produce the required acceleration, but greatly improve fuel economy," Schock said.

There are plenty of fuel fundamentals that you can follow just by doing the basics, like not riding the brake, you can improve your fuel efficiency well before 2016.

"Keep your tires inflated, that will help improve the fuel economy, you can reduce the amount of excess baggage you carry in a car so that there's less mass to accelerate and decelerate," Schock said.

"Make sure your car is in tune, all of those things can help increase your gas mileage and reduce your fuel dependency, so you can start to do those things and then as you replace your vehicle, look for that more efficient vehicle," said James Clift of the Michigan Environmental Council.

And that more efficient vehicle will translate to considerably less harmful pollutants like Carbon Dioxide in the air says the Michigan Environmental Council.

"So we could see a 30 to 40 percent decrease, in the amount of air pollutants and climate greenhouse gases coming from the vehicles," Clift said.

For a list of more ways to improve your fuel economy visit: http://www.energy.gov/4308.htm


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