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May 21st, 2008 at 03:40 pm

I posted this comment on English Teacher's blog regarding ways to lower the bite of high gas prices.

Tip above all else: Slow down!

Fortunately for me, I live in a rural area with not much traffic. I've slowed down and seen a huge difference in the gas mileage in my 2002 Honda Civic. (Previously ~34 mpg, currently 41+)

People pass me and gun their motors to show me how dumb I am for driving 5-10 miles under the speed limit but I usually catch up to them at the stop sign, and then pass them as they turn in to a gas station and I coast on by, enjoying my 41 mpg... =)

My 10 mile commute takes a whole 4 minutes extra at 35 mph rather than 45 mph, yet it yields an increase of 7 mpg (in my case). That 7 mpg may seem small, but to me, it's the equivalent of 2 free gallons per tank of gas. I think of it this way: if you were filling your tank and the attendant hollered, "Hey! I'll give you 2 gallons free, all you have to do is slow down!" Who would turn down $8? I sure wouldn't!

3 Responses to “Gas”

  1. Blue Eyes Says:

    I agree. I have a 2005 Honda Civic and have also noticed a difference in savings because I drive slower now.

  2. A Nonny Mouse Says:

    Driving UNDER the speed limit is just as big of a hazard as driving over the speed limit. @@

    Driving the speed limit is all you need to do. It is driving OVER that is a/the problem.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    I have always driven slow. They said on tv that we could save 1/3 of the gas we use now if everyone would drive 10 mph slower.

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