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Free Easy Way to Save Gas and Save Money

On everyone's minds now is how to save money on gas. You could get a smaller car, trade that SUV for a hybrid, or get a scooter. All those things cost money. How about a way to save a lot of gas for free? No I'm not talking about riding a bicycle or walking.

Most of you remember back in the 70's when the Federal speed limit was 55. This was put into place to save gas. Well, it does! Most cars get the best gas mileage between 30 and 60 mph. Anything over 70 and the gas mileage goes down exponentially because of wind resistance.

Speed Limit 55

I'm not saying we go back to a mandated 55 mph speed limit, but if you drive 60 or 65 you'll see a difference. My car has a digital readout that shows average and current mileage. It proves it.



About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard REALTORS® in Springfield, MO and proudly serves on the board of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®. A self-proclaimed computer geek, John is talented at developing real estate websites, videos, photography, blogs, search engine optimization and other technical skills essential to marketing and selling real estate in Springfield MO.

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Comment balloon 10 commentsBetty Knowles • May 07 2008 07:41PM


Betty, I have found myself driving slower these days.  It just means I need to leave a little earlier than usual.
Posted by Jimmy McCall, The Ex-Mortgage Consultant (JimmyMcCall.com) over 10 years ago

I think imposing a speed limit of 55 would be a good idea! This is actually the second article I've read today about this same issue.  From my understanding, for every mile you go over 55 mph, your gas efficiency goes down by 1% per 1 mile over.  Obviously it's capped out, I just don't have that figure right now.  I have attached a quick chart for reference that shows what I'm talking about. 


Fuel Economy


Another obvious solution is to car pool.  I found a somewhat comical cartoon I wanted to share with you. 

 When you ride ALONE you ride with bin Laden


Posted by Paul Bozek, Your trusted mortgage lender! (American Financial Network) over 10 years ago

Hi Betty,

Good point.  I'll keep that in mind while driving.  Have a great week.  Michael A. Caruso

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 10 years ago

Jimmy and Paul, thanks for the comments and the pictures!


Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) over 10 years ago

Michael, the hard part is overcoming the feeling like everyone else is trying to run over you!


Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) over 10 years ago
I will keep that in mind. If I am not speeding, I can save gas and less chance of getting a ticket. Thanks.
Posted by Shaun Wren (AGENTFORLIFE) over 10 years ago


Not that I am picking on you today for my comments, but another great post! I can't tell you how many people I have aggregated by cruising at only about 60, while they can't wait to blow by me and resume 70-80 in a big hurry to get to the next gas station! Of course maybe they are trying to get there before the price goes up again.

Posted by Richard Schardt, Triad NC Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Betty - thanks forthe great tip.

Paul - that driving alone poster is too much!!!!

Posted by Michelle Bowman, MD Realtor, GRI (Keller Williams Flagship) over 10 years ago

Hi Betty,

I appreciate the information as I did not know this. I will start slowing down now!!



Posted by Lynette Lawson, Inland Empire, CA Home Staging (Starlight Design) over 10 years ago

Great post Betty... My brain says "Listen to her... she's smart."  But my right foot says "Push down harder... you'll get there faster, leaving more time during the day to Lead Generate!" :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago