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The Simple Manifesto #23 – Drive slowly


This is part of our series on The Simple Living Manifesto. We invite you to join us on the journey.

The 23rd idea in the manifesto is:

Drive slowly. Most people rush through traffic, honking and getting angry and frustrated and stressed out. And endangering themselves and others in the meantime. Driving slower is not only safer, but it is better on your fuel bill, and can be incredibly peaceful. Give it a try. Read more.

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Yes, yes and more yes! Ok — perhaps not as slow as my dad or father-in-law….

My Life and I tease each other about our driving. She teases me about driving like my dad. I tease her about driving like NASCAR drivers.

But in all honesty — I used to drive a lot more like her.

It took getting several speeding tickets (during my mis-spent youth), that I decided it was best to take my time and save the money on tickets, fuel and insurance costs.

According to aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.

And while each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.

You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.

Sounds like a good reason to me to slow down.

But as an added bonus, slowing down makes driving much more relaxing and enjoyable. It keeps me from arriving to my destination stressed or aggravated. Plus, it keeps my passengers calm as well.

A few pointers…

  • Leave earlier
  • Use cruise control
  • Stay out of the left/fast lane
  • Stay calm and enjoy your drive

What about you? Have you found driving slowly is beneficial to living simply? Or are you still rushing to get from place to place?

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