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Introduction

(Table of Contents and Lessons At Bottom of Page)

Ask around and everybody will tell you that the EPA mileage numbers on the window sticker and on the web are unachievable in the real world. But the truth is, the testing happens at tracks designed to mimic real world conditions. The problem isn’t the cars. It’s the drivers.

EPA chides automakers’ fuel economy test drivers for being ‘too good’

What To Expect In This Course

When you’re done with this course, you won’t be the “average” driver anymore. You’ll know more about how your car works. You’ll know what wastes energy and how to avoid it. You’ll be able to not only achieve EPA test numbers, but beat them without driving like grandma, breaking the law, or taking stupid risks.

In this course, you’re going to learn about how your car works and uses gas, and learn some ideas on improving the situation as you drive. Then, you’ll learn some techniques you can use to minimize your waste. Finally, you’ll learn how to get even better mileage by making your drive better.

There’s a lot of information to take in, but don’t be afraid! You can read and learn at your own pace. Also, don’t try to do it all at once. Learn one thing and do it well, then add another. Some techniques and tips work in some situations, while others work well in others.

There are currently not quizzes or tests, but those may be added at a future date. Even then, they won’t be required to go on to the next lesson. Feel free to come back and use this course as a reference!

Lessons

Safety

Perspective

Regarding Speed

Getting To Know Your Car

Take Care Of Your Car

Where Your Energy Goes

Reducing Engine and Motor Losses

Reducing Transmission and Driveline Losses

Losses After The Wheels

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Techniques For Saving Energy

Data Driven Driving

Your Car Is A Battery

Choosing Roads and Lanes On The Highway

Choosing Times and Local Routes

Predict The Road Ahead (Anticipation)

Controlling The Road Ahead

Parking

Upgrading For Even Better Mileage

Upgrading Your Current Car

Choosing Your Next Vehicle

Advocate For Better Roads