Friday Fuel Economy: Turn Right


| 10/5/2007 12:00:00 AM


Tags: mpg tips, gas mileage,

In running errands or trying to get somewhere across town, the most direct route to your destination may not be the most fuel-efficient. So when pondering the best way to get to the grocery store or get home from the football game, ponder more than just distance and directness. Keep moving and you could improve your gas mileage, even if you're actually driving more miles.

 Pop quiz: 

Considering the two options below to get to your local farmers market, which route should you choose for the best gas mileage?

Route A: A pretty straight shot from your house to fresh apples. About 13 miles. Goes through a quaint neighborhood with 20 mph speed limits and several stop signs.

Route B: Less direct, makes you circle around the back way. About 20 miles. Speed limit 40 mph for the most part. Only two stoplights (where you usually can turn right on a red light) between you and fresh free-range eggs.

The answer? Route B.




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