Observe the Speed Limit - and save gas

If you observe the speed limit, you're much more likely to be driving conservatively and saving gas. I know it's not much fun, but give it a try for a while and see if it makes a different in your miles per gallon.

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Observe the speed limit. Okay, I know that almost no one travels at the speed limit. If you do, you are looked upon as crazy, foolish or timid. I don’t usually travel at the speed limit, but I don’t travel much faster than the speed limit either.

I tend to travel about 1 to 3 mph faster than the posted speed limit, and that's it. It promotes better gas mileage, allows me to make safe emergency stops if I have to, and it saves me the obligatory showing of brake lights when I see the police sitting alongside of the road.

I know the police like to see your brakes lights. It gives them a sense of influence on the world. I’m just going to have to disappoint them. I am very rarely in that “speeding ticket zone” because speeding isn’t one of the ways to improve gas mileage, and getting a ticket isn’t one of the ways to save money.

You might know that if you mind the speed limit, it reduces the resistance your car has to overcome pushing all that air ahead of you. The faster you go, the harder your car has to push air in order to maintain that higher speed. That means you use more fuel per mile traveled just to get there a little sooner.

Observe the speed limit and you get better gas mileage, reduced risk of accident, and you avoid the cost of a speeding ticket. A $55 ticket buys a lot of gas. Besides, your insurance rates might also increase for years, so stay near the speed limit and save money in many ways.

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