One Car Experiment Update: Month 3

Ugh rain!!!! I was loving our one-car status until the winter rain hit.

As a native Californian, I appreciate the rain. We always need it. But the last few winters have been very dry. Not this one!

How do people bike in the rain? I know there are people who live in cities with real weather who bike all the time, but nothing makes me want to jump in a car like a little precipitation. I found a great website with info about biking in the rain, and if it were just me on a bike I might invest in all the clothing they recommend, however, I don’t feel like it’s safe asking my little one to bike in the rain. Guess we’ll be doing a lot of Uber!

Not giving up on being a one-car family yet, but I didn’t just do some research on cars.

Please share your thoughts/advice on biking in wet weather below!

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Save the Planet…Drive 55

Want an easy, pain-free, wallet-happy way to cut your carbon footprint by 20-50%? Drive 55 miles per hour. Imagine the impact it would have if we ALL IMMEDIATELY drove 55 or lower! 20% less gasoline consumed, 20% less carbon emitted IMMEDIATELY. I can’t think of any other step that could have that much impact right away and at no cost to us. And there’s a precedent for this. Apparently back in the 1970s America banded together to DRIVE 55 during the oil crisis.

When I changed my driving habits to regularly observe 55 MPH (down from my previous 65 – 70) I immediately saw results. I used to get 300 miles to a tank, I now get a little over 360. If you drive faster than I did, you might get savings that are even higher!

Why does it work? Apparently most cars run most efficiently at speeds below 55MPH. The Department of Energy estimates that for every 5 miles over 60MPH you essentially pay $0.20 more at the gas pump per gallon. So here’s my pitch for today…DRIVE 55 and help save the planet. For bumper stickers that essentially say just that go to:

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