A number of months ago I sent out a newsletter with information about why driving 55 is great for our wallets and the planet. Now congress is considering reinstating a national driving speed limit of 55 as a quick way to help deal with our current energy crisis. If we all cut our speed, gas prices would also come down (per the law of supply and demand…less demand, more supply, VOILA lower prices.) I personally think going back to a national speed limit of 55 (as was done during the last energy crisis) is is a FANTASTIC idea…one of my newsletter readers and friends wrote this about his recent switch to driving 55 (note has been edited for simplicity with emphasis added by me):
Hey Alegre, Finally getting around to telling you about my driving 55mph experience which was spurred on by your email awhile back. After receiving your email about driving 55mph to save gas I wanted to relay my real life experience of doing just that. I drive a late 90s Volvo 940 and it is not the most efficient car but its what I have. In the past when I drove like Sammy Hagar I would get around 300-310 miles per tank. When I started driving like Jimmy Carter I started realizing that I was getting over 400 miles per tank (400-415) before having to fill up again. (25% increase! -Ed.) I was very impressed by the increased gas mileage but what made it equally as interesting for me was that what kind of awareness it opened up for me. Driving like Jimmy Carter you start to realize how many Sammy Hagar’s there are out there and how crazy we drive. It also is much more calming, less stressful and I often catch up gleefully to the jerk that is driving like a nut, flipping me the bird, wasting gas, and endangering lives to get to where they are going 5 minutes earlier. Justice! Anyway, hope this helps, feel free to post and edit or do what you. And keep up the great work. Cheers! Kevin
So please please please, do your part and drive 55!