Defined as the approximate weight of a vehicle with its standard equipment and a full tank of gasoline, curb weight is a fancy way to state a car's net weight. Most automobile manufacturers enter the driver's weight into the equation. The United States government has mandated 150 pounds as the average weight of a driver (as of 1999). Curb weight does not however, factor in the weight of any additional passengers, aftermarket accessories, or cargo you might be carrying inside (or out) of your vehicle. (See gross vehicle weight.)

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