Around my parts (speed limit 65) the normal right lane speed is 70, middle lane 75, and left lane 80+. So even going the speed limit I'm going way slow. I've never really tested out the highway mileage, I have absolutely no idea. Mehbe if I can go buy this transmission in baltimore (3 hours away) I'll get a good idea.
On my trip recently from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas I went 65 the entire way. I stayed in the slow lane and was passed by numerous semi trucks and all other sorts of vehicles.
The speed limit was 75 though I believe. I'm not quite sure.
Anyway, I can't imagine the hell of going 55 mph. The trip probably took me an extra hour going 65 instead of 75, but I also got 42mpg on the way down which is pretty good for a 16 year old car with no modifications.
I like to drive slower than everyone else because it makes driving easy. Avoiding rear bumpers is right up my alley for a good ride. Besides, why twist my neck and squint my eyes to pass every Tom, Dick, and Harry?
Sammy Haggar said it best, "I can't drive 55". Honestly, I tried it, but I got too much flack from other drivers, passengers, and my genetically-inherited "Mass-Laiden, Right-Sided, Lower Distal Extremity". EPA charts show that 60 is optimum and 65 seems to be a good compromise. 80 is just too much fun. My speedometer is off by 6 mph at 80, so I'm really going 74, which isn't too bad for a short period of time. I honestly spend most of my time at 60-70 (or 65-ish on the readout). I'll be the first to admit that my driving style needs altering, so overcoming the psychological part can yield fuel economy, it's just that simple. I'm probably not alone here, but a lot of us out there come from making more horsepower, autocrossing, driving briskly, etc. It's a tough adjustment, it's not easy, but it has to be done. There I said it. I have to slow down.
1. "admit it"
2. Take action
3. Still getting crappy mileage "accidentially" light the car on fire and wait 10 min to call fire dept.
4. Collect money from insurance
5. Go to dealer and obtain a fuel economical car
6. Show it off to your friends