For years, American car culture has influenced U.S. motorist behavior, affecting everything from what we drive to how we drive and maintain our vehicles. Shell announced results from a new national study that provides insight into current U.S. driver attitudes on fuel efficiency and compares them to those of drivers in other countries. The results counter some common myths about national views on energy U.S.e, revealing that Americans care about U.S.ing energy resources wisely, understand the importance of fuel efficiency and want to learn more about how to save fuel.
From this study's findings, Shell also announced the U.S. launch of Target One Million as part of its Smarter Driving program. The goal of this initiative is to show one million people worldwide how easy it is to become more fuel efficient.
The survey results show:
- Americans are more concerned about energy waste compared to other countries surveyed, with half of U.S. drivers bothered by people wasting energy and 54 percent seeing it as a waste of resources beyond jU.S.t money.
- U.S. drivers recognize the positive impact of fuel efficiency both financially and out of respect for the planet's resources. Seventy-seven percent see being fuel efficient as an important way for them to personally U.S.e resources in a more sU.S.tainable way, while 86 percent also see it as important for saving money.
- While 63 percent of drivers indicate a willingness to change their driving behaviors to be more fuel efficient, nearly one in three U.S. drivers also indicated they don't know how to drive more efficiently.
When it comes to maintenance behaviors, the survey showed that while most U.S. drivers take care of their vehicles' basic needs, they could do more to be fuel efficient. Items noted include:
- Half of the people surveyed keep items in the trunk of their vehicles, with 23 percent U.S.ing it as a permanent storage space, and
- Many are not servicing their vehicle properly, with 40 percent missing maintenance checks and another one in 10 not getting regular maintenance done on their vehicles.
"Shell has more than 100 years of experience showing the world's drivers how to get more out of their fuel," said Elen Phillips, vice president, Shell Fuels Sales & Marketing Americas. "From this new research, it's clear that Americans want to know more. Programs like Smarter Driving and Target One Million are extremely important in demonstrating simple changes motorists can make to their driving habits to become more fuel efficient and to save at the pump."
Shell Smarter Driving and Target One Million
Shell developed a Smarter Driving program for motorists to help them go further on less fuel by helping them "M.A.P." their own journey to Smarter Driving. M.A.P. stands for:
- Maintenance: Perform smart maintenance before you drive;
- Actions: Practice smart behaviors while you're behind the wheel; and
- Products: Purchase smart products and services without sacrificing price or quality.
As part of Smarter Driving, the launch of the Target One Million initiative in the U.S. means the release of an interactive, online mini-game, the Shell Smarter Driving Challenge at www.shell.U.S./smarterdriving. The game has been designed to be shareable across social media platforms. It shows motorists how a few simple changes to driving habits, such as ensuring proper vehicle maintenance and U.S.ing high quality products, like Shell fuels and lubricants, can help them stretch their fuel purchases. To date, more than 300,000 people globally have taken the challenge.
According to a recent PHH Arval survey, driver safety, reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs top concerns.