Very once in a while, someone starts a campaign to reduce gas prices by urging everyone not to buy any gas on a certain date. The preferred date is far enough in the future to permit for a massive e-mail and newscast effort to spread the news far and wide throughout the land and get everyone geared up for the big day. The idea is that the resulting surplus of unsold gas would force distributors to reduce the prices in order to have the ability to unload the stuff. There are just two issues with that idea: 1) almost no one participates and 2) those who do participate buy their gasoline either the day before or the day after the target date, so the net result is the same amount of gasoline is sold and the price stays too high.
I have noticed that most motorists completely ignore the speed limit on the freeway. Where I live, the freeway speed limit in the city 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 go around you because they believe you’re driving too slowly! 80 miles 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 best mileage can be accomplished by driving between 40-60 mph. Now I am 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 accident 3) killed. However, driving at 60 mph will not cause any more dirty looks than driving at 65, as long as you remain in the right hand lane. You won’t cause 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. Think about it for a moment. If you drive 65 mph for one whole hour, you will only be 5 miles farther down the road that if you drove 60 mph for that same hour. Those of you who spend a whole hour commuting are usually not driving 65 miles. You are driving more like 10 miles, crawling along at jogging rates. This will not work for that type of commute. But if your drive is such that you have the choice of driving faster than 60 mph, DON’T!
The great thing about the system is that you benefit from it even if no one 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 per year. Spend it on Christmas gifts. Splurge a little on your vacation. There are tons of ways that you could enjoy the extra money. And if other people participate, because a growing number of people would be buying one less tank of gas per month, the supply would go up because the need really would be down, and that would mean lower costs that would benefit everybody (except possibly OPEC, and they don’t want the money.) Try it!