John and Helen Taylor, known as the world’s most fuel efficient couple holding 88 world records, are currently on a record-setting drive across the 48 contiguous states as part of a national smarter driving program to help motorists make the most of their fuel purchases and our natural energy resources.
The Taylors are known worldwide for their Fuel Academy, where they travel the world educating motorists on ways to drive more effectively and efficiently. With 42 fuel efficiency records, they are known as the world’s most fuel efficient couple.
“By setting out for another fuel economy record using practical tips, we’re excited to show everyday motorists how they can become more fuel efficient drivers through the Shell Smarter Driving program,” said Helen Taylor. “Since 1982, we’ve been educating others about how to drive more efficiently and how drivers can reduce their fuel consumption and maximize efficiency by using high quality fuels such as Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines. We are confident that we’ll set another record on this tour while offering consumers easy tips to save money on the road and at the pump.”
Along their route, the Taylors are sharing what they’ve learned and tips on how anyone can use fuel more efficiently through proper vehicle maintenance, changing simple driving behaviors and saving money on high-quality products.
The Taylors believe that everyone can make a difference and push the boundaries of fuel efficiency by following a simple “MAP” to smarter Driving, which includes:
Maintenance: Keep your engine well tuned and repair any problems immediately. If your car has failed an emissions test or is noticeably out of tune, repairing the problem could improve your gasoline mileage by 4 percent on average.*
Actions: Practice smart behaviors or actions while you’re behind the wheel. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gasoline mileage by 5 percent at lower speeds around town and by 33 percent at highway speeds.*
Products: Purchase smart products and services at the right price without sacrificing quality. Lower-quality gasolines can leave harmful carbon deposits or “gunk,” which can build up on intake valves and fuel injectors negatively impacting engine performance, vehicle responsiveness and reduction of fuel flow – all potentially leading to reduced fuel economy.
The Taylors will end their odyssey in Las Vegas later this month. Along their journey, the Taylors are recording official stops at Shell stations to fill their tank and hold on-site consumer education activities, including tips to save money on fuel by leveraging grocer loyalty reward programs in select markets and using payment options that can offer significant discounts.