A new study is showing that Americans are spending nearly one billion more gallons on gas each year than they did in 1960 because of their expanding weight. “If a person reduces the weight in their car, either by removing excess baggage, carrying around less weight in their trunk or yes, even losing weight, they will indeed see a drop in their fuel consumption,” said University of Illinois researcher Sheldon Jacobson, a study co-author.
The lost mileage is pretty small for any single driver. Someone who records less than 12,000 miles annually would use roughly 18 fewer gallons of gas over the course of a year by losing 100 pounds.
Outside experts said that even if the calculations aren’t exact, the study makes sense.
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