Remember the days of $4 gasoline?Â Ah, they seem so long ago – even though it was less than three months ago.
Anyway, one of the many proposed ideas to help ease the pain at the pump and help drivers consume less gasoline was to implement a national speed limit, which would reduce the maximum allowable driving speed to top out at 55 miles per hour.
However, with all of the recent Federal intervention and meddling in an effort to revive the economy, one would imagine Congress has much bigger things to worry about.Â Besides, do we really want the government to step in and impose even more regulations upon us?
According to a recent poll on GasBuddy.com, a vast majority of drivers are against a government mandated speed limit.
The poll asked the following – Should the government mandate a national 55 mph/90 kph speed limit to cut fuel consumption? Here’s how over 41,000 drivers responded:
- 12% said Yes, because it would save fuel.
- 5% said Yes, because it would make the roads safer.
- 41% said No, because it’s too slow for today’s highways.
- 9% said No, I support 55 mph, but not government involvement.
- 29% said No, we should only enforce current limits.
- 1% had no opinion
So, nearly seven out of ten drivers oppose this idea on some level.
The idea behind reducing the speed limit is pretty simple – the faster you drive, the more fuel your car is going to use in order to overcome increased aerodynamic drag.Â In fact, for every five mph you drive over 60 mph, you end up reducing your fuel economy by roughly eight percent.Â So there’s certainly some merit behind the idea.
Should the Federal Government follow through on this, it wouldn’t be the first time they have forced a reduction in the speed limit in order to help reduce fuel consumption.Â Back during the oil crisis of the 1970s, the government reduced the maximum allowable speed limit to 55 mph, where it stayed until 1995.
However, with gas prices falling further with each passing day and Congress busy with the financial crisis, it’s looking less and less likely that this legislation will see the light of day.Â And based on this poll, that might be the most favorable thing Congress has done in a long time.