Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Allstate: Obese hurting fuel efficiency - Chicago Tribune

 And you thought gas-guzzling SUVs were to blame for poor fuel efficiency. Green-minded consumers might consider shedding a few pounds if they want to save the planet.
Allstate Corp.’s The Allstate Blog says obese Americans are hurting the fuel efficiency of vehicles, contributing to more than 1 billion gallons of fuel wasted each year.
The Northbrook-based home and auto insurer teamed with Cars.com to document the struggle between fuel efficiency and passenger weight. Between 1960 and 2002, 1 billion gallons of gasoline could be attributed to the weight gain of motorists in passenger vehicles, said The Allstate Blog, which, along with All Blue Blog, write about developments at the company. Allstate and Cars.com cited a 2010 article by Consumer Reports for the extra gas needed. That translated, however, to less than 1 percent of  the total fuel used by passenger vehicles annually.

Allstate: Obese hurting fuel efficiency - Chicago Tribune

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