DriveSlowly Encourages More Moderate Speed for Fuel Savings

 

Drive Slowly kid 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.”

More info on EcoLocalizer

image source: DriveSlowly.org





About the Author

Philip Proefrock is an architect and photographer in southeast Michigan. He is also a LEED Acredited Professional.

His professional involvement with green building includes working as project architect for the award-winning Malletts Creek Branch Library for the Ann Arbor District Library, which received the 2005 AIA Michigan Sustainable Design Award, and which was the first completed commercial vegetated roof (green roof) in the state of Michigan.

He is an active member of Green Drinks Michigan/o2 Network. In addition to being lead writer for Green Building Elements, he is also a contributing writer for EcoGeek.org and for JetsonGreen.com.

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  • i85blogger

    The current speed limits do not require one to travel at or above that posted speed. If you want to travel slower, you can go ahead and do so. Some of us actually need to get somewhere. And I’m not talking about short commutes to work. As the airlines go belly up or at best cancel more flights, that leaves travelling by road a practical option. At 70mph, it’s practical. At 55, you might as well sit at home and watch the economy collapse.

    One can argue the time saved is miniscule but on the other hand the cost savings is miniscule especially when the opportunity cost is dertermined.

  • i85blogger

    The current speed limits do not require one to travel at or above that posted speed. If you want to travel slower, you can go ahead and do so. Some of us actually need to get somewhere. And I’m not talking about short commutes to work. As the airlines go belly up or at best cancel more flights, that leaves travelling by road a practical option. At 70mph, it’s practical. At 55, you might as well sit at home and watch the economy collapse.

    One can argue the time saved is miniscule but on the other hand the cost savings is miniscule especially when the opportunity cost is dertermined.

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  • kc

    What the hell is with this CO2 crap! It’s not even real. I’m so sick of it, it’s everywhere! It’s just some crap dreamed up by the UN to suck the dollars right from your pocket! Everyone please do some research and don’t be a sucker.

  • kc

    What the hell is with this CO2 crap! It’s not even real. I’m so sick of it, it’s everywhere! It’s just some crap dreamed up by the UN to suck the dollars right from your pocket! Everyone please do some research and don’t be a sucker.