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May 16, 2008

pledge to drive 55: memorial day and more

Filed under: q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 11:40 am

Make the Sierra Club Memorial Day pledge: I can drive 55 [or whatever the speed limit is]

The Sierra Club says:

Memorial Day Weekend is coming and — in spite of gas prices — more Americans than ever are planning to getaway by car. But that doesn’t have to cost as much as you think.

There are lots of ways to save gas (checked your tires lately?) but the easiest and most effective way is to slow down (just a little bit). When you add up the savings, it’s like getting paid to relax.

So before you get behind the wheel for the upcoming holiday, show us what you’re made of. Pledge to Drive 55 (or whatever the speed limit is on the roads you’re traveling) for Memorial Day Weekend. . . .

The Union of Concerned Scientists tells us that dropping from 70 to 60 mph improves fuel efficiency by an average of 17.2 percent. Dropping from 75 to 55 improves fuel efficiency by 30.6 percent! (3)
Put another way, in a family sedan, every 10 mph you drive over 60 is like paying 54 cents per gallon more for gas you bought at $3.25 a gallon. (4) That extra cost is even higher for big SUVs and other less-efficient vehicles. . . .

When the f/k/a Gang pledged back on April 23rd to drive at the speed limit and to advocate a return to the 55 mph speed limit, we had no idea that the Sierra Club was sponsoring their own 55 Pledge. Of course, we hope you’ll do 55 for Memorial Day weekend and then remember to do it everyday thereafter. (See our full discussion at “post-earth day pledge: speed limits and efficient driving” and get Drive 55 bumper stickers).

broken chords
from the carousel —
a whale off course

amber waves
a tall man demonstrates
the dream

… by Peggy Willis LylesRoadrunner Haiku Journal (May 2008 Issue VIII:2)

empty rooms—
a raven bursts
from the sun
………. by Carolyn Hall – Roadrunner Haiku Journal (May 2008 Issue VIII:2)

first day of spring grey matter clouds

…….. by John Stevenson – – Roadrunner Haiku Journal (May 2008 Issue VIII:2)

your rhythm

… by Lee Gurga – – Roadrunner Haiku Journal (May 2008 Issue VIII:2)

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  1. Thanks for the plug, David!

    Comment by Jason — May 22, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

  2. Forget Sammy Hagar. I’ve been driving 55 back and forth to work for the past two months and have found that I’m filling gas about every other week instead of every week.

    Comment by Ross Feickert — August 7, 2008 @ 7:43 pm

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