You could write to your congressperson, first of all. Back in April of 2010 the Obama administration’s Transportation Department and the EPA issued new fuel efficiency standards, requiring that all cars get 35.5 miles to the gallon by 2016. This is expected to increase the cost of the vehicle by perhaps $985, but it would save the driver an estimated $4000 in fuel costs over the life of the car.If you feel even stricter standards should apply, lobbying your congressperson to pass a law to that effect may be a good solution.
As for increasing your personal fuel economy standard, consider buying a car that uses diesel or flex-fuels, or getting a hybrid, all of whom use fewer gallons of gas than a traditional car.
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