Saturday, July 12, 2008
I Drive 55
I consider myself a New Yorker. I haven't actually lived in NY, but I grew up in Connecticut and NYC was what I referred to as "The City". I now live outside of Washington, DC but "The City" will always be New York City to me. DC is DC.
That said, I drive like a New Yorker...at least compared to people around here. I plow up to the front of a merge lane and push my way in. I peel out from a light and slam on my breaks at the next light. I weave in and out of traffic trying to find the best lane of the beltway...much to my husband's dismay.
That all came to a screeching halt when gas hit the $4 mark.
I decided I'd try driving the speed limit on the highway just to see if it made a difference.
(Lil Green Tip: ease into this. you'll go nuts driving 55 if you're used to doing 75-80 on the highway. Start at 70. Next week set your cruise control at 65. The following week go to 60 mph. You've got to give yourself a chance to get used to people passing you. Deep breathing, Howard Stern, or books on tape are good distractions.)
And as uncomfortable as I was having everyone pass me by, I did notice a tank of gas was lasting longer!
Of course I started doing a few other recommended things:
1. I've started easing out of a stop instead of gunning it.
2. I drive close to the speed limit even on back roads.
3. I combine trips as much as possible.
4. I try to telecommute for work an extra day a week.
And the result is for the past 3 weeks a tank of gas has lasted me one, whole week*!
So another Little Green pat on the back for me for having the patience to slow down.
*note: I don't drive on the highway everyday and I don't have a long commute.