• Jul 24th 2010 at 3:36PM
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The idea of driving around with a glass of water on your dashboard may seem ludicrous, but if Toyota told you that a single glass of water could help you reduce your fuel consumption by 10 percent, would you think differently? Now, Toyota doesn't want you to literally place a glass of water on the dash. Instead, the company is pushing the idea that driving in such a way that a theoretical glass of water there remains full would reduce fuel consumption significantly. To spread the word about this fuel-saving concept, Toyota has created a website appropriately called "A Glass of Water."

So, how do you keep this imaginary glass of water topped off at all times? Well, provided you aren't in a hurry to get somewhere, it should be quite simple. Begin by accelerating gracefully, leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle ahead, brake gently, and apply tactics used by hypermillers.

If you'd like to learn more about Toyota's "A Glass of Water" challenge and are interested in giving it a try, then click here. iPhone users can also download a virtual glass of water app by clicking here.

[Source: A Glass of Water]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota drivers don't need more convincing to drive slow. They already do and that's what's so annoying about them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota's are boring cars. Beige...slush box...quiet...boring cars.

      If you need a glass of water to make any vehicle 'interesting' or 'communicative' - then you bought the wrong damn car.

      This is a HUGE problem. The average car today is so boring and detached that the owner needs flashing lights to tell them something is wrong. Taking things further; to make the car 'interesting' they toss in an LCD nav, faux-flappy paddle shifters, I-POD connectivity, and what seems like thousands of buttons you'll never press after the honeymoon.

      And people wonder why people text, talk on the phone, paint their nails, fall asleep, or do anything but drive the car.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Leave it to the clowns at Kamakaze motors to come up with this garbage.
      They don't want you to accelerate fast enouph to spill the water is just one way of telling you to go easy on the gas so the car won't suddenly accelerate out of control and don't try to stop fast cuz you can't. And the steering? No chance that water stays put.
      I'm surprised it's not in a tsb or a letter to owners on how to properly drive todays version of Rambler.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're an idiot.

        I sincerely hope you don't actually own a Cadillac because if you do all you're doing is enforcing a stereotype.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It should only apply for accelerating and decelerating. Keeping your speed up through the corners is important so you don't lose momentum no?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "glass of water: saving gas and preventing smashed up tofu since 1999"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the Initial D comic started way back in 1995. Sort of explains why all the cars (Corollas aside) are mid-'90s vintage, and why a character with essentially infinite money would be driving a 3rd gen RX-7.
      • 5 Years Ago
      good luck if you have a bad shocks
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oooor you could just drive like a grandma minus sitting close to the steering wheel
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK that actually makes pretty good sense dude.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Three pages and nobody has figured this out? They never say it has to be LIQUID water! ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, new contest...first one to take a photograph of a Toyota driver with a glass of water on their dash wins a prize!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damaged electronics is going to cost way more than any fuel saved in the life time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cupholder recall?
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