America's Weight Gain Drives Up Fuel Consumption
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
And here's a way you might save money on gas. A study in the current issue of The Engineering Economist finds that Americans pump 938 Million more gallons of gas today than in 1960, partly because drivers and passengers are 25 pounds heavier on average. And that added weight increases fuel consumption. So, next time you pull into the drive through, save gas by ordering a diet coke with that double bacon Cheeseburger.
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