Smarter driving can save on gas use

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I see people complain every day about how much gas costs and how much more they spend to go to work, etc. Yet, I don't see anyone changing their driving habits to get better mileage, and in turn use less gas an save themselves some money. I know you have to go to work, but you don't have to drive 10-20 mph over the speed limit to get there.

According to stats from the website fueleconomy.gov, for every 5 mph you drive over the speed limit it averages out like you are paying 24 cents more per gallon for gas.

Look at Bobby Jones Expressway. If you get on there and set your cruise control at the posted speed limit, you will get passed by almost everybody -- with some cussing and gestures added.

Sure we cannot control gas prices, but we can control how much we use. I have a full-size Dodge Quad Cab with a hemi engine that gets more than 20 mpg because of proper maintenance and diving conservatively. That does not mean driving slow -- that means driving the posted speed limits, proper tire inflation, tune-ups and vehicle maintenance.

If you are spending too much on gas every week, it is because you choose to, not because you have to. Again, we cannot control prices, but we can control use.

William Miller

North Augusta, S.C.

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Jane18 05/02/11 - 11:42 am
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You are correct Mr.Miller.

You are correct Mr.Miller. Why most fairly smart people cannot understand this and drive slower, is so hard to understand. I also drive the speed limits and use the cruise control when possible(my husband takes care of the maintenance part).

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sconservative 05/04/11 - 09:58 am
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Although not often, I have

Although not often, I have actually had to stop and wait for 6 Stop lights and a 99-car freight train to get to the medical complex via 13th street. The correct tire inflation can be negated in one trip. You must stay in North Augusta or I-20/I-520.

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