WASHINGTON – While modern cars are getting lighter, drivers are getting heavier – and America’s fuel economy may be feeling the weight. The Allstate Blog says that obese Americans are wasting more than 1 billion gallons of fuel per year, Forbes reports. The Department of Energy says an extra 100 pounds lowers a vehicle’s mpg capacity by up to 2 percent. Automakers are using less steel and lighter plastics to reach higher fuel standards, but more than a third of adults are obese and that number is expected to increase. The issue is already a concern for the airline industry, which says it used 350 million more gallons of fuel in 2000 than in 1990 because it was hauling more weight.
How fat do you have to be to actually affect the gas mileage in a car, nay, in a fucking aircraft???? Mind boggling. T-minus 2 generations before everyone is living the life like the chubbies in Wall-E whether we have the technology to do so comfortably or not. There should be a rule that if you can’t see your dick, you can’t drive a car. Be nice for traffic to get 60% of the country off the road. Plus it’s better off for them to find other means of transportation when they’re younger then wait until they finally lose that driving foot to diabetes. And electric cars aren’t gonna help the problem. The Fupa fighters have that market cornered already.