Very once in a while, someone starts a campaign to lower gasoline prices by urging everyone not to purchase any gas on a certain date. The preferred date is far enough in the future to allow for a massive e-mail and newscast campaign to spread the news far and wide across the land and get everyone geared up for the big moment. The idea is that the resulting surplus of unsold gas would force distributors to reduce the prices so as to be able to unload the stuff. There are just two problems with that idea: 1) almost no one participates and 2) those who do participate buy their gas the day before or the day after the target date, so the net result is the same amount of gas is sold and the cost stays too high.
I have noticed that many motorists completely ignore the speed limit on the freeway. Where I live, the freeway speed limit in town is 65 mph. It’s quite possible to drive that fast in the right hand (“slow”) lane and have people come up on your bumper and give you an annoyed look as they move around you because they think you are driving too slowly! 80 mph in the left hand (“quickly” or”passing”) lane is normal, as are people in hurry braiding in and out of lanes because they believe their time is more important than yours and you are in their way. You may not want to hear this, but such driving wastes gas! The same gas you whine and moan about every time you fill out in the pump gets wasted out on the freeway by such drivers. Maybe even YOU???
According to the site Howstuffworks, the ideal mileage can be achieved by driving between 40-60 mph. Now I’m here to tell you that driving 40 mph on the freeway will get you one of 3 things: 1) a ticket for impeding the flow of traffic 2) to – or getting the cause of – and injury 3) killed. However, driving at 60 mph will not cause any more dirty looks than driving at 65, provided that you remain in the right hand lane. You won’t result in any accidents, and you won’t get a ticket for impeding traffic.
Now I can hear you already:”However, I’m late!” Plan ahead, and leave a few minutes earlier. Consider it for a minute. If you drive 65 mph for one whole hour, you’ll only be 5 miles farther down the road that if you drove 60 miles for that same hour. Those of you who spend a whole hour commuting are usually not driving 65 miles. You’re driving more like 10 miles, crawling along at running speeds. This won’t work for that sort of commute. However, if your drive is such that you have the choice of driving faster than 60 mph, DON’T! Establish your cruise control at 60 mph, slow down and save.
The great thing about the system is that you benefit from it even if nobody else participates! There’s a very real possibility that you could fill up your tank one less time per month. That would save you $20-$50 per month, which is $240-$600 each year. Spend it on Christmas presents. Splurge a little on your vacation. There are lots of ways you could enjoy the excess money. And if other people participate, because more and more people are buying one less tank of gasoline per month, the distribution would go up because the demand would be down, which would mean lower costs which would benefit everybody (except possibly OPEC, and they do not need the money.) Try it!