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August 19, 2005


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" yourself more than 80 cents a gallon simply by driving safely."

This is incorrect. A gallon of gas will cost the same no matter how I drive.

Dan --

You can't take just one sentence out of context. It said the following right before the driving safely comment:

"According to the Department of Energy, aggressive driving -- rapid acceleration and excessive braking -- wastes gas."


That part is true, but it doesn't change the context. Driving safely may reduce the amount of gas I consume. It will not reduce the price of each gallon. Where does the "80 cents" figure come from, in any context?

In other words: Gas costs $2.60 per gallon where I live. If it cost 80 cents less, it would cost $1.80 per gallon. What in the world does this figure mean?

The way I understand it (as I'm sure they meant it) is that you will get more mileage out of your car if you follow this advice -- enough to equate to a savings of $.80 per gallon. If you need me to do an example, I could, but it's getting late here, so I'll pass unless otherwise noted.

Yes, it's confusing, but I think you can agree with the main point: rapid acceleration and excessive braking wastes gas.

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