As builders agonize over the high cost of filling their trucks’ fuel tanks, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reminds drivers that slowing down not only reduces the amount of money spent on gas, but also could save lives.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can lower gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and 5 percent around town. The agency estimates that, as a rule of thumb, drivers can assume that each 5 mph they drive above 60 mph is like paying an additional 20 cents per gallon for gas!
Yet, according to a recent “SafetyClicks” newsletter from J.J.Keller & Associates on the proven benefits of slowing down, the public has not gotten the message.
Only Wisconsin, says an informal GHSA survey, reports a noticeable trend of reduced speeds as a result of high gas prices.
With the drop in speed, traffic volume is down slightly and serious crashes are down, too. A handful of other states are noting the reduced speed in commercial vehicle traffic, probably the result of some large trucking companies setting policies that require drivers to stay below a set speed.