The Taylors are now in the Guinness Book of World Records for their new achievement, which shatters the old milestone (set by them just last year, and in the same car) of 58.82 mpg. The new feat was accomplished on American roads, so they’re in the book for “48 Contiguous U.S. States Fuel Economy.” They covered 9,000 miles over three weeks (from Sterling, Va., through 12 other states to the finish in Ashburn, Va.), starting July 28.
The Taylors, who started setting records while living in Singapore, said they owe it all to “choosing the right tires, using the right fuel and adopting fuel-saving driving techniques.” One of their sponsors was Goodyear, which supplied a set of Fuel Max low rolling-resistance tires the company claims contribute about four mpg on their own.
You can actually try some of this at home. The Taylors didn’t break any traffic laws, and they didn’t drive excessively slow or anything else dangerous. They checked in at 14 official refueling stops along the way.
- Avoid excessive idling
- Don't drive too fast
- Minimize drag (which includes knowing when to have the windows up or down)
- Regular maintenance (I know you need help with that one).