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High gas prices and an uncertain economy are putting vehicle fuel efficiency at the top of many drivers’ priority lists. A 2011 survey by Consumer Reports found that 62 percent of those surveyed are planning on making their next car much more fuel efficient.

But what if a new vehicle isn’t in your budget? Take heart — there are steps you can take now that can help increase fuel efficiency in what you’re driving today.

John and Helen Taylor, known as the world’s most fuel efficient couple, hold 89 world records and travel the world stretching the boundaries of fuel efficiency, are here to help others do the same.

The Taylors say that by simply following the MAP – maintenance, actions and products – to smarter driving, drivers can become more fuel efficient and do it on a budget.


Perform smart maintenance before you drive, including:

  • Make sure tires are not over or underinflated. Proper air pressure cuts down on fuel used while driving. Keeping tires at the correct pressure can improve your gasoline mileage by more than 3 percent.
  • Keep your engine well-tuned and repair problems immediately. If your car has failed an emissions test or is noticeably out of tune, repairing the problem could improve your gasoline mileage by 4 percent, on average.

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