Despite our hopes and best plans, sometimes we still have to drive. And while that high-end, high-performance hybrid remains out of our budget, we’d still like to do better with the vehicles we have. One way to accomplish that is by just driving a bit more slowly.
Drive Slowly is a site that offers resources and information about improving vehicle efficiency and decreasing emissions (if you’re getting better mileage, you’re automatically putting less CO2 into the atmosphere) and encourages drivers to travel a bit more slowly.
Driving a bit more slowly does not seriously change your travel time for most purposes. The car that passes you going ten miles an hour faster than you are will only get to the exit a minute or two sooner than you will. And, with trafic light timing, going faster than the planned speed for surface streets often ends up with the fast cars simply racing to wait at the next stop light. Moderate speeds make sense in many ways, and Drive Slowly helps support this better way of driving for people who do have to drive.
“The mission of DriveSlowly.org is to inform and educate drivers on the significant benefits of slowing down. This includes cost savings, reduction in oil consumption and environmental impact of vehicles, and increased safety. DriveSlowly.org also hosts a MPG savings calculator, safety tips, gas pumping tips, and a forum to discuss these topics.
“Information on DriveSlowly.org includes how to increase your average MPG by 4, save over $200 a year, and decrease carbon dioxide emission from 35.7 pounds per household and other statistics to quantify various benefits of slowing down.”
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