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How to Save Money on Gas 2008-03-28 08:24:03

Money Tip: Save by Easing Up on the Gas Pedal

Save and gas aren't two words we're used to hearing in the same sentence — in fact just this week there was news that gas has hit the $5.20 mark in Gorda, California. It doesn't feel like too long ago when $3 seemed expensive for a gallon of gas. But we continue to pay the always increasing gas prices out of necessity, and if you live in a place where public transportation doesn't exist your wallets are probably feeling the strain by now.

CNN Money reported that "in a typical family sedan, every 10 miles per hour you drive over 60 is like the price of gasoline going up about 54 cents a gallon. That figure will be even higher for less fuel-efficient vehicles." That's a huge jump! However, you'll arrive 50 minutes sooner to a 400 mile destination by driving 10 miles per hour faster — in this situation, time is in fact money. Is the money saved worth extra time in the car?


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skigurl skigurl 9 years
you certainly do also save gas$$ when you drive on the highway. i can get about 600-700km on a tank of gas in my car when driving on a long highway road trip, but in the city i get 500-550km max.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
to answer your question, snowbunny, i also have a problem with speeding. to help with this, use your cruise control as often as possible, don't listen to music too loud because it will make you feel more like cruisin at a higher speed, and think of this: i have 2 tickets so far, and my insurance has already gone up 20%. it will go up another 40% with the addition of a third ticket (god forbid i get one)....40% from what it's at now!! i won't even be able to afford to drive if that is the don't think about a speeding ticket as merely a 55$ fine, but even when you get a minor ticket with no points, it still affects your car insurance greatly...i had no idea!!
skigurl skigurl 9 years
time is money! and every hour spent on the commute is worth 1/2 your hourly it's worth the extra gas money to boot it while driving
Meike Meike 9 years
If only America had greater public transit infrastructures set in place in every city, we wouldn't be so heavily dependent on an already fast depleting natural resource. Not to mention how much good it would do for our atmosphere. Leave it to Corporate America to hinder those activists who try to effect change by finding alternative solutions for America's supply demand for energy. Never mind the money that is being so-called wasted if one speeds. One should slow down for the mere fact of saving resources and abide by the speed limits dictated on the road out of respect to those who actually obey the laws. It really is an obnoxious thing for one driver to get pissy/aggressive over another driver who is driving at the speed limit. I see it everyday. Additionally, if Americans think gas is pricey here, imagine what Europeans think when they are paying per litre. The way some people complain here. It really is the reason why my husband and I laugh at immaculately clean, gas guzzling SUVs and trucks. Too many of them, with a disregard for other people's lives, speed down the highway and cut off others like they own the road. Then, they go cry at the gas pumps. I guess fuel efficiency was never a factor when they purchased their vehicle. And, well, that serves them right. [/endrant] So, to answer the question. No, the GAS is worth the extra time spent in the car.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Thanks for the tip! I have been speeding *really* badly since moving to another state where the roads are much less busy. I cannot believe I haven't gotten a ticket yet, and hopefully this will be the needed incentive to cut my speed down. Does anyone else feel they have a serious problem with speeding? I don't know what's wrong with me, I'm usually so good about stuff like this!!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Oh, I meant to say that this is great info. Who knew that it causes THAT MUCH of a difference? I can't wait to tell my gas-price-groaning speedy BF. :)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I never really notice gas prices myself, I just stop and get gas as needed, but my BF groans when the gas is above $3/gallon so I can't IMAGINE $4-$5!! GEEZ! It must be a high cost-of-living place. Our weekend vehicle is a hybrid--that's the one we drive the most, and the one we go the fastest in (when the speed limit permits, of course). Who can go above 60 if you live in the city? The speed limit is rarely above 60 except on the freeway and when people are going to work, that's pretty packed.
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
that's a great tip. the other is to plan your routes so you are not stuck in traffic all the time.
jrosenberg02 jrosenberg02 9 years
Yeah but on that $400 trip you also have to factor in the likelihood of a ticket and its cost! Maybe I'm just bitter because I get speeding tickets all the efifng time.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
$1000 a month! do you fill up everyday?
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I guess I will make more of an effort to go slower. I will do anything at this point to cut down on my $1000/month gas bill (myself and fiance combined)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
With my commute, I really can't go more than 60 at the most on most roads. But we're in the car for at least an hour each way, so if I could go faster, I would!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I have been taking the highway instead of the state roads Its like 2miles longer, but I can average 60mph and have increased my mpg by about 2-3. I wish my job was downtown so I could walk or ride my bike to work instead.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
haha same here foxie. I drive about 65-75 mph on the highway trying to get to class on time. :P Good Tip Savvy
foxie foxie 9 years
Grrr... I *suppose* I could slow down on my way to work... =/
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