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How much is fast driving costing you?

GasBuddy Blog -- How much does your gas mileage decline -- and how much does your gas cost rise? -- if you drive at 60 mph rather than 50? How about 70 or 80 mph?

Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press asks that question. He says that until last week, nobody had quantified the effect real-world speeds have on fuel economy, despite the fact that most people hit those speeds on the highway every day. New research by the DOE --which works with the EPA to generate window-sticker mileage figures -- should help create models to help drivers figure out the effect higher speeds have on their specific vehicle.

And he's got some answers too. He says you should expect a 41% decrease in fuel economy if you're a leadfoot driver who like drivign at...


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Submitted Feb 04, 2013 By: PD
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Calbo1
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2014 12:00:01 PM

pure physics as it takes more energy to overcome the added wind resistance, so if you like those boxy shaped vehicles it increases wind resistance.
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mbfd302
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 12:40:31 AM

time is money, i'll spend the gas to save the time
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mbfd302
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time is money, i'll spend the gas to save the time
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 11:17:34 PM

Yep
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gasmask78
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 11:17:14 PM

A lot
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gasmask78
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Gr
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 10:22:17 AM

75= 18
65= 21

On short journey's happy at 65

When I'm doing my 1000 mile trips 75 saves me an hour plus
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2parrots
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 10:13:36 AM

See my Dec. post .
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dfp609
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 7:22:42 AM

OUCH! A 41% decrease in fuel economy is quite substantial. I think that alone could slow me down.
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mabrams184
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2014 9:51:16 PM

Not to mention the cost of the ticket you get when the cops catch up with you.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2013 9:16:40 PM

I drive mostly local,
so I go with the flow of traffic.
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gasmask78
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2013 8:22:42 AM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2013 10:38:50 PM

nothing
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 6:44:29 AM

I do 55 - 65 most of the time on the highway & get 30 - 32 mpg consistently in my Dodge Caliber ,with 135k & counting .
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gasmask78
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 12:16:27 AM

Answer: A Lot.
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Calbo1
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2013 12:24:36 PM

1~3 gallons driving between 70 and 75
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I enjoy trying to get the most MPG.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 8:19:03 AM

How about a fuel economy readout so the vehicle operator knows?
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 4:47:50 AM

probably a few miles less per gallon
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 6:42:55 AM

does it really matter unless fuel has decreased drastically which i haven't notice
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2013 8:55:50 AM

I try to keep pace with the other traffic on the highway. There's nothing worse than someone impeding the flow of traffic on the interstate.
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It doesn't bother me when ppl pass me anyways.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2013 12:13:14 AM

This is why I keep it between 55-60 the majority of the time.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 3:30:33 PM

I set my cruise control at the speed limit and let it go at that. My MPG is what it is and it probably will not get any better. I can get 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 1:05:47 PM

"By using those percentages and multiplying them" you should be able to drive fast enough to get zero mpg.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2013 9:55:55 AM

Wont save me enough going slower
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 9:11:54 AM

Instead of the speedometer, once I have reached highway speeds (70 mph), I use the tachometer and cruise control to maximize fuel consumption.
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 3:45:01 PM

Driving smoothly with few sudden accelerations and stops seems to work best for me. No jackrabbit starts and always leaving when I know that the traffic will be a bit lighter to avoid lots of stops and starts.
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 1:16:31 PM

I use two main strategies to save gas: leave earlier so I can drive the speed limit on the highway (65mph in most places here) and use cruise control.
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 10:35:49 PM

guess its time vs costs - whatever is best value - may slow down when I retire
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 4:22:14 PM

About the same
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 2:18:27 PM

Then why is the capital of the state of Mi considering raising the speed limit on the main highway through
the city to 75 mph?
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2013 5:31:45 PM

I drive 55 if traffic is light. 70 is my absolute fast speed and it is very rare I do that.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2013 10:14:21 PM

I can't drive 55....
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2013 5:34:07 PM

I am guilty of higher speeds.
I need to slow it down.
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2013 11:01:41 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2013 8:07:12 AM

Not sure
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 11:56:39 AM

Just slow down. why is everyone in such a hurry?
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 9:31:04 AM

Your going to loose either way. You have to find the sweet spot and drive there.
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 8:59:56 PM

About the same as slow driving.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 1:40:45 PM

SLOW DOWN PEOPLE! Everyone seems to be in a hurry to get nowhere FAST!!
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 6:30:36 AM

Best mileage at 60 mph
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 9:36:36 AM

not much
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dongo50
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 9:05:35 AM

not much
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 7:32:15 AM

I believe that. I try to coast as much as possible and take my time and just stay out of the way.
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2013 8:56:16 AM

Excellent article!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 11:02:11 PM

Gas mileage would increase if a lot of roads had faster speeds and no speed traps. Traffic would flow better, there'd be less congestion and gas consumption would decrease by eliminating wasteful stop-and-go driving.
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 12:28:55 PM

ppl rush to get to their crappy jobs ,,, only wanting to leave when they arrive..hahahahahha
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 3:32:33 PM

That makes sense, but recently an oldman driving at 40 mph on a highway 55 speed limit got his license suspended. So driving slow can also put you in driving violations at times.

We have to balance speed and gas cost also avoid driving violations. 55mph would be ideal on a highway.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 1:48:01 AM

True but, driving 50-55 mph can get your killed on a NYS highway.
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