To the editor:
Upset about the high price of gas? The first and easiest answer is to drop the speed limits back to 55 mph.
Testing by Edmunds.com shows that with just a 10 mph drop from 75 mph to 65 mph, the result was an average fuel economy boost of 12 percent. A story on the San Francisco Chronicle Web site reported even better gas mileage at 55 mph. Driving a 2001 Chevy Malibu on a 200-mile trip, staff writer Michael Cabanatuan was able to achieve 35 mpg at 55 mph, but that dropped to 25 mpg at 70 mph.
It might take a little longer to get somewhere, but then we could show the world we didn't invade Iraq just for the oil.