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Consider Driving 55 mph

Jul 3rd 2010 at 6:32 AM


When I first started driving, the national speed limit was 55mph. The idea behind this was to increase everyone’s gas mileage. The “powers that be” said that driving slower increased your gas mileage. I always thought it was bunk! My dad said so. My dad is always right. All dads are always right!


Since our gas prices have sky rocketed I’ve been much more aware of how far I can go on a tank of gas. I just did a test. I filled my tank and stubbornly refused to drive more than 55 mph. Little old ladies were expressing their displeasure! I’ll leave it to your imagination to figure out how. I had to use my cruise control, ‘cause I’ve got a lead foot. I ground my teeth down a little more than they already are, trying to get used to going at a more leisurely pace. I succeeded. I did it!


Anyhow, the mileage I was getting when I started was 27mpg. At the end of my test, it was 32.5mpg! That is huge! In my car that translates to an extra 100 miles per tank. I think it’s worth it; I just have to grow thicker skin.


If you’re like me and have a problem being passed by ticked off little old ladies and/or want to save still more cash, I’ve found an idea at the following links.


Option 1


Option 2


Happy Driving.



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