Zen Habits has a great entry on why and how to force yourself to drive slower during your commute. This is something I struggle with a little during my hour and a half drive to Cambridge. Peer pressure definitely tugs me into the fast lane, but I’ve also noticed what this entry points out – that driving faster barely shaves any time off the typical route, so why bother? Calmly driving at a more sedate pace would also help fight my pangs of guilt at commuting in our Prius. The Prius isn’t that fuel efficient at speed (it’s really optimized for the school run) so I’m not really getting the most out of it. But I would if I coasted and drafted a little 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 its 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.”