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Fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicle technology has been steadily moving forward. These vehicles are being produced on a wide-scale basis by major automobile manufacturers. While fuel cell vehicles are still in the prototype stages, hybrid vehicles are currently available. Hybrid vehicles combine two or more sources of power. 

If buying a hybrid is not on your agenda, there are simple measures that you can take to improve fuel efficiency. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Streamline your car - avoid open windows, bicycles, and roof racks with your car to reduce the amount of drag.
  • Maintain a consistent speed - observe the speed limit, avoid stomping the gas pedal and slamming on the brakes.
  • Take care of your vehicle - keeping up with required factory maintenance will enhance the life of your automobile and keep it operating in optimal condition.
  • Shift into overdrive - (if your vehicle has the option) shifting into overdrive allows the engine to run slower, maintains speed, and uses less fuel.
  • Check tire pressure - check the air regularly with a pressure gauge.


  • Virginia Clean Cities promotes fuel efficiency by educating stakeholders and the public about the benefits of fuel efficiency and more
  • Tax incentives for electric, hybrid and clean fuel vehicles
  • The goal of EPA's Clean School Bus USA is to reduce children's exposure to diesel exhaust and the amount of pollution from school buses
  • Department of Energy's contains tips on improving gas mileage, fuel costs of operating your car, and EPA emissions for your vehicle
  • EPA's Green Vehicle Guide rates vehicles on fuel economy and emissions


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