Driving slower to save gas
If you have read or heard of any gas saving tips at all, I am sure you heard that you save fuel by driving slower. A couple of weeks ago when we left for our vacation, I decide to test it out, just to see what the results really were. I really didn’t really do much in the way of hypermiling other than occasionally hanging behind a big rig when he matched my speed.
I just drove the first 350 miles at 65mph rather than the 75-80mph that would have been more likely on our way to vacation.
Let me also mention that we took this same car, our Honda Fit, on vacation last year and the best we ever got was 35MPG. After we filled up that first tank, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that we got 44MPG on that tank.
That was 25% increase in gas mileage, just from driving slower. In terms of dollars, if you spend $200 a month on gas, you would only be spending $150 each month.
How much longer does driving slower take?
The obvious downside here is that it takes longer. Thankfully my wife has enough patience to put up with all my “experiments” that I drag her into. It was about 700 miles to our destination and I would guess that driving 10+ miles per hour slower (for one tank) added 30-40 minutes. So, depending on your situation, it may or may not be worth the time. But, there is no denying that driving slower will save you money on gas.