Don’t worry we are not getting all soft here at oneighturbo.. but I’ve been driving mostly highway lately. I love my car and I love driving it. I have done a good amount of work to improve it’s overall character. Unfortunately, I have not hit a track yet or 1/4 mile. Now that doesn’t mean I race on the public streets or drive way above the speed limit but I do like to drive fast. Fall temps are also in the air so the ‘ol turbo is lovin it!
I’ve started keeping up with zen habits and found this article regarding driving habits. Not to much is new, I mean we’ve heard it over and over about gas savings and stress levels. Take those and combine them in relation to saving a few minutes in your drive or overall commute. It really does come down to insignificant minutes saved. Remember, this is not Petit Le Mans or the 1/4 mile drags where mere seconds are won by.
I maintain my vehicles gas mileage and for a modified New Beetle 1.8T engine running premium gas, I’m averaging 23.2mpg highway. I do use cruise control when I can, usually interrupted by those slow drivers in the FAST lane!
This brings me to the “Stress” side of it. I’m not a late person for the most part. If I am, I’ll blame the kids or forgetting to put the recycling out. So I’m not rushing, as I said I like driving. I do get annoyed by these slow drivers or ones who are just plain inconsiderate of others. Here in Atlanta we have lots of those who think the world revolves around them. Cellphones, make-up, reading, eating and more. My thinking is this, if your not going faster than the car to the right of you.. get over and completes when there are no lanes left.
Do you notice the “pods” that you eventually catch? Everyone just settles within regardless of lane choice.
So if you can’t beat em and trying is causing extra stress… join em. Settle in one of these “pods”, set cruise on and chill with some favorite tunes, talk radio or whatever sooths you.
I still want my BIG TURBO kit!
Click on over to zen habits and see if the 5 reasons will help you..
I drive slower these days. While I used to be a bit of a driving maniac (ask my wife), passing everybody and stepping hard on my accelerator, I would also get increasingly frustrated when people would drive slow and keep me from driving fast, or cut me off. Driving was a stressful experience.
Not anymore. These days, driving is a much more calm, serene experience, and I enjoy it much more.
I look around at other drivers and wonder whether they really need to get to where they’re going so fast, and whether they’ll slow down when they get there. I wonder if it’s really worth burning all that gas and getting so angry and risking so many lives. And then I think about other things, because driving for me has become a time of contemplation.
I heartily recommend driving slower — for many reasons, but one of the best reasons is that it has made me a much happier person. It’s such a simple step to take, but it makes an incredibly big difference.