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Published September 14, 2012, 08:54 PM

Slowing down while driving could save you money at the pump

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- With gas prices on the rise across the Valley, a local expert weighs in on how much slowing down on the interstate, could mean more cash in your pocket.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- With gas prices on the rise across the Valley, a local expert weighs in on how much slowing down on the interstate, could mean more cash in your pocket.

For those commuting 40 or 50 miles to work each day, driving even five miles per hour slower may save you around 400 dollars a year. With gas prices now at nearly 4 dollars, many people filling up are looking for ways to cut down their costs.

Frona O'Leary/Moorhead: "It just keeps going up and up. I'm glad I've got a little car and it's good gas mileage. That helps a lot."

But what some people don't realize is that slowing down may end up saving cash.

Gene LaDoucer/AAA Spokesman: "About 2% savings on your gas for every five miles per hour slower that you drive."

Savings that could really add up over time, especially for people commuting for work. For someone making a fifty mile trek twice a day, like Fargo to Detroit Lakes, slowing down from 70 to 55 would save you more than two dollars per trip. That's nearly 1200 a year, with only 12 minutes of additional driving time each way.

O'Leary: "We're on a fixed income so it makes a lot of difference.

Ron Olson: I'm retire, fixed income, so it doesn't bother me any."

And for Fargo to Grand Forks, the differences are even greater. Cutting back 15 miles per hour saves nearly 2,000 a year, while slowing down 5 miles per hour still saves more than 600.

O'Leary: "Sometimes I do. People don't like that but I stay in the right hand lane so they can pass me."

But people filling up for longer, less frequent drives like Bismarck or Minneapolis say the savings aren't worth the extra time it'd tack on to the trip.

Olson: "I'm a race car drive, you know. I don't go slow."

LaDoucer: "Aggressive driving wastes money."

So no matter how hard you decide to push the pedal, know the costs will continue to accelerate.

Carpooling, reducing weight in your car, and not stopping or starting so quickly will also help save money.

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