Speeding Up May Cost You More

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

We are all looking for ways to get the most out of every pricey gallon of gas. Beating high gas prices could be as easy as simply looking at your speedometer.

If you speed, chances are your gas tank will bleed. Speeding wastes gas, and with such high gas prices, the extra mph can waste your money.

Sgt. Dave Youngblut with Illinois State Police says, "The faster you go, the more energy it takes to push that car through the air, and that takes more fuel to create energy, and so you burn more and more."

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each mile per hour you drive over 60 mph is like paying an extra 10 cents per gallon.

Sgt. Youngblut states that, "The idea that you are saving yourself 10 to 15 minutes travel time and burning more fuel, is that really worth it? No, it isn't, because on top of fuel costs, if you get stopped that's $75 you have to shell out to pay for the fine."

Sgt. Youngblut says out on patrols it's been easy to notice one form of transportation picking up, and it's not just due to the nice weather we were experiencing.

Mark Kegel with Kegel Motorcycle Company says, "Motorcycles are better for gas mileage; there's only a small amount of weight, two tires and a big motor."

At Kegel Motorcycle Company, sales have doubled from this time last year. Managers are expecting about 80 bikes to be sold by the end of the month.

Kegel says, “The motorcycles that we sell here you can get 50 miles to the gallon, and I have one that gets 70 miles to the gallon. You can get 200 miles on a tank of gas for three gallons compared to 200 out of a car’s tank of gas, so the money is definitely going out of the pocket on a car."

Last week a gallon of regular gas jumped six cents in the last week alone. It's now averaging $2.26 a gallon. That is up 47 cents from a year ago. Prices are expected to go even higher as the summer months approach.


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