Action Guide

Drive to the Limit

Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1 Savings: 1102 lbs CO2 / $209 Bookmark and Share

Drive to the speed limit and maintain tire pressure for easy gas savings.

Why You Should Do It

It’s easy to let our foot hang a little heavy on the gas pedal, but keep in mind – when you speed, you’re losing money.  Driving the speed limit, particularly on the freeway, helps your car use gas most efficiency and keeps money in your pocket!  For extra efficiency boosts, keep your tires at the proper pressure.

Source: The Minnesota Energy Challenge

What It Costs


How to Do It

  1. Select “Add to My Challenge” and pledge to drive the speed limit and maintain proper tire pressure.
  2. Consider getting a Green Slow Moving Vehicle sticker to remind yourself and others to slow down.
  3. Put something in your car to remind yourself to drive the speed limit.
  4. Write on your calendar to check your tire pressure once a month.
  5. Congratulate yourself for saving energy and money and making a difference for Minnesota!

Make It a Family Activity

Tell your family that you are trying to drive the speed limit on the freeway and you need their help!  Every time they notice you speeding, ask them to start singing “The Song That Never Ends” – and stop as soon as you slow down.

Common Misconceptions

If I drive the speed limit, I’m going to be late.

At first, driving the speed limit might be hard, but start paying attention.  Time yourself making your morning commute or common car trips driving the speed limit (specifically, 55 on the freeway), then speeding.  See how much difference it makes.

Also, keep in mind, getting speeding tickets does slow you down – and costs you money!


  • purple.star84 says:

    Okay this is another one that is kind of correct and yet not at the same time. Your car is the most efficient at about 60 miles an hour. When you drive faster than that is does bring down the efficiency of your car. But so does driving slower that this. That is why you waste so much gas going 30 around town and not so much driving 60 down the highway. On the flip side though even though yes going 65 or 70 is less efficient than going 60 it is not as bad as going 30.Note: It still would be a horrible idea to go speeding around town and dangerous. It would just be more efficient for your car.Not that it is not a good thing to do. Driving 60 is good for your car and you should maintain that speed as often as possible (you can't in town that, it would be too dangerous.)

  • ryanfoley6 says:

    I love this idea!!!!

  • ryanfoley6 says:

    This is a fantastic idea!!!

  • packrat1271 says:

    Granted, I'd like it better if it were "drive at least at the posted limits unless weather causes you to slow down", but I can live with this.

  • says:

    The faster you drive the more the gas in your car tank is burning fuel.

  • says:

    The faster you drive the more the gas in your car tank is burning fuel.

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