Australian Duo Breaks Guinness Fuel Efficiency World Record

Joshua Duval

Two drivers from Australia have broken their own "48 Contiguous U.S. States Fuel Economy Guinness World Record" this week, driving 9000-plus miles in three weeks while returning 67.9 miles per gallon.

Helen and John Taylor set the previous record, 58.82 mpg, in 2008. The pair has over 80 fuel economy and driving records. In order to achieve their latest record, Helen and John drove the same vehicle they used to set their record in 2008: a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The only difference: The Jetta was outfitted with Goodyear's Fuel Max tires this time.

"We looked forward to the challenge of attempting to break our own world record drive through the 48 U.S. mainland states, and after only a few days of driving on these Goodyear tires, we knew we could shatter the record," Helen said.

The couple set out from a gas station in Sterling, Virginia, and followed a counterclockwise route, which included stops in Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Nevada, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Illinois, Louisiana, and West Virginia. As per Guinness World Records' rules, the Taylors followed all maximum and minimum speed limits and traffic regulations.

The Taylors' journey concluded in Ashburn, Virginia, at an independently owned Goodyear location.

"We hope our record-breaking journey helps educate the driving public that decisions, such as choosing the right tires, using the right fuel and adopting fuel-saving driving techniques, can help anyone save money and fuel, and reduce carbon emissions," said Helen Taylor.

Goodyear says its Fuel Max tire features a proprietary fuel-saving tread compound that reduces energy loss as the tire rolls, requiring less fuel to keep it rolling. The tire maker says the Fuel Max tire offers a four percent improvement in highway fuel economy, or 2600 miles' worth of gas over the lifetime of a set of four tires.

Well, that tears it, I need a TDI again...

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