It’s a whole new game when it comes to fuel efficiency.
In August 2012, the Obama administration announced that it will increase fuel-economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by model-year 2025.
Because of high gas prices and a renewed drive toward fuel efficiency, drivers are looking to squeeze the most gas mileage out of their vehicles. But there are several long-held beliefs about fuel economy that can hinder their progress.
So Bankrate has tapped FuelEconomy.gov — the official US government source for fuel-economy information — and talked to experts about some of the biggest fuel-economy myths. Knowing these widely held misconceptions can help you make fuel-economy choices that benefit you by saving you money.
“Better choices can save consumers hundreds, even thousands of dollars each year,” says Bob Boundy, a researcher with the National Transportation Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Here are the six most common fuel-economy myths.
All text by Mitch Strohm, Bankrate.com contributor