Day 3: Is it possible that the number of jerks on our roadways could be diminished? Well, desperate times call for desperate measures. People who used to tear through school zones at 70 mph might actually start slowing down in order to save money. People who once cut off grandmas walking across grocery store parking lots might recall that their brakes work just as well (hopefully even better) than their accelerator. According to, your gas mileage drops off sharply once you zoom past 60 mph. You can save 7 percent to 23 percent by slowing your speed, depending on how heavy-footed your usual driving style. One online car sales site,, tested several gas-saving theories, from inflating your tires, to driving less aggressively, to lowering your speed. They found that the best way to cut on gas mileage is to become a more angelic driver. If drivers slowed their 0-to-60-mph acceleration time down from 10 seconds to a more normal city pace of 15 seconds, they would feel the savings immediately. Their tests revealed that pacifying your driving could save you up to 37 percent, on average 31 percent. Other driving tips to cut costs, according to Edmunds' study, are driving slower, using cruise control and avoiding excessive idling. Their test actually recommends that if you are going to be stuck in the same place in traffic for more than a minute, you should turn off your car. –Lindsay Goodier, Online Editor,;;