Posts Tagged ‘carpool’

How to be More Fuel Efficient

April 1, 2011

With gas prices on the rise, you may want to know how to be more fuel efficient.  Being fuel efficient will help your wallet and our planet.  There are plenty of things you can do to save money on gas and contribute to a greener planet.  Driving a hybrid or electric car is a great way to save money at the pump and the environment, but not everyone can afford one.  Nevertheless, here are a few things that may work for you:

  • With rising fuel costs, becoming more fuel efficient will help you save money and the environment at the same time.Walking, riding a bike, or skateboarding to school, a grocery store, a friend’s house, or just about anywhere within your town not only saves you gas money, but it helps the environment and is great exercise.
  • Taking the bus or train to commute to work is much cheaper than gas, especially if you buy a bus or train pass.
  • Carpooling is a great way to help other people save money on gas and helps the environment.
  • For those who can’t carpool or take the train or bus to work, driving a smaller car with good gas mileage will work, too.

All of these tips work for many people.  Working close to home is great for me because I can take the bus, skateboard, or walk.  Being fuel efficient is a very important thing to do these days.  Not only is gas becoming expensive, but its emissions continue to ruin our environment.  Do your part and reduce your fuel consumption.  It is very simple and you can even get good exercise from it!

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Taylor P.

Reality Check: The “Fast Lane” doesn’t exist

March 30, 2010

The United States does not "legally" have a fast lane, even though drivers may consider the carpool lane or traffic lanes not assigned a truck lane to be a fast lane.I have some bad news for the drivers of the United States, including myself: we don’t have “fast lane”.  The left lane of the freeway or highway is, in the minds of drivers, a fast lane if the state designates the rightmost lane a truck lane with a lower speed limit and, therefore, the “slow lane”.  Some drivers even consider the carpool, or high occupancy vehicle (HOV), lane as a fast lane because they can maintain a faster average speed on that lane, even in traffic.  Unfortunately, despite our relative speed to slower, trailer-pulling semi trucks or sole occupants in their vehicles, the idea of a fast lane is an illusion.  No jurisdiction in the United States assigns the leftmost lane of the highway a higher speed than the highway or city speed designated by the state.  In fact, the rightmost lane is usually assigned a slower speed limit for trucks.

Where does this misconception about the fast lane come from?  We must look to Germany, home of the autobahn.  Speed limits do apply on the autobahn in inclement weather or during construction.  Otherwise, speed limits do not apply in most places.  There are also no restrictions on overtaking.  Drivers must, as much as possible, use the right lane for general driving and use the lane on their left to pass other cars.  This suggests, then, that each lane is progressively faster when viewing highway traffic from the rightmost lane towards the left.  However, this also suggests that Germany, itself, doesn’t assign the leftmost lane as the fast lane.

Should we continue referring to the leftmost lane as the fast lane?  It’s certainly nice to think that, when traffic gets too heavy in the right lanes, we have the leftmost fast lane to retreat to and get away from it all.  However, what we consider faster moving traffic is our quicker relative speed to the slower traffic.  If we want to drive in that proverbial fast lane, we must move to Germany.

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Francis M. Unson