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HOUSTON -- John and Helen Taylor have been called the world's most fuel-efficient couple and after 23 days on the road with the Shell Smarter Driving Program, they now have the numbers to prove it. Driving an unmodified, non-hybrid gasoline vehicle through the 48 contiguous states and filling up with only Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, the two achieved an average of 64.42 miles per gallon, according to Shell.
The Taylors began their journey on Aug. 1 with the goal of showing everyday drivers that it is possible to stretch their fuel and budget, as CSNews Online previously reported.. The couple filled up their car's 12.6-gallon tank nearly 12 times while on the road, and stopped at select Shell stations to get gas and participate in meet-and-greets with fellow drivers, providing tips on fuel efficiency.
"Helen and I are both thrilled with the 64.42 miles per gallon world record we set," John Taylor stated. "This shows that we can all follow a few simple steps behind the wheel and use the right products to help improve our fuel efficiency today. Through the Shell Smarter Driving program, anyone can 'MAP' their way to improved mileage and savings at the pump."
The "MAP" to Smarter Driving includes:
• Maintenance -- Performing smart vehicle maintenance before you drive.
• Actions -- Practicing smart behaviors and actions while you're behind the wheel.
• Products -- Purchasing smart products and services at the right price without sacrificing quality.
The Taylors' final mileage came in 53.39 percent greater than the Environmental Protection Agency's estimated highway fuel economy for their vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, which achieves an EPA-estimated 42 miles per gallon on the highway, said Shell. Their mileage was also above the government's minimum requirement of 54.5 miles per gallon for passenger vehicles to be achieved by 2025.
To engage other drivers in the Smarter Driving Program, Shell is offering the chance to win a new 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco and a year's supply of free Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, according to the announcement.
Customers can enter the sweepstakes through Sept. 15 by submitting a written entry of 140 words or less explaining how they plan to drive smarter. The winner will be randomly selected. For more information, visit www.shell.us/smarterdriving or www.Facebook.com/ShellOnTheRoad.