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I had just purchased a brand new Jeep Liberty and no sooner had I made this exciting purchase that the air was quickly let out of the balloons when only a few weeks later, the United States economy took a serious nose dive, causing the gas prices to shoot up during the summer. I was devastated- devastated mostly because it had taken that long to realize that I had made a mistake by purchasing a brand new vehicle. Sure, brand new meant shiny, never been owned by anyone else before, etc. However, it also meant a significantly higher car payment (because I couldn't afford to put any money down- which should have been my first clue), and it also meant a higher car insurance cost. How was I supposed to know that owning a new vehicle always means that your auto insurance was going to be higher? Well, I know now! On top of that, I was already spending $50 at the gas station at least one to two times a week. After the gas prices went up, so did the cost of driving my jeep as I shelled out $75 a pop. It was emotionally and financially draining. I spent a good amount of time feeling depressed over my situation and then I decided to try to make the best of it.

I slowed down. That's right. The person who used to zip in and out of traffic and who would never have been caught dead driving less than ten miles per hour over the speed limit slowed it down to a commendable five miles per hour over the speed limit. The result? I wound up making fewer trips to the gas station over the course of two weeks and wound up saving myself at least $70 per week by cutting out that extra trip to fill up. This isn't to say that slowing down my driving was easy. Of course, there was always the urge to drive fast. And when I broke it down to figure out why I was driving fast in the first place, I determined that it wasn't so much that I was in a rush to get somewhere as it was that I simply liked the feeling of going fast.

Well, I have now readjusted the feeling of going fast and replaced it with the equally satisfying feeling of saving hundreds of dollars a month by not speeding. It has been quite and experience in learning both in knowing now that my choice in vehicle was somewhat foolish as well as the fact that by altering things about your driving, you can save yourself a lot of grief.

I had just purchased a brand new Jeep Liberty and no sooner had I made this exciting purchase that the air was quickly let out of the balloons when only a few weeks later, the United States economy took a serious nose dive, causing the gas prices to shoot up during the summer. I was devastated- devastated mostly because it had taken that long to realize that I had made a mistake by purchasing a brand new vehicle. Sure, brand new meant shiny, never been owned by anyone else before, etc. However, it also meant a significantly higher car payment (because I couldn't afford to put any money down- which should have been my first clue), and it also meant a higher car insurance cost. How was I supposed to know that owning a new vehicle always means that your auto insurance was going to be higher? Well, I know now! On top of that, I was already spending $50 at the gas station at least one to two times a week. After the gas prices went up, so did the cost of driving my jeep as I shelled out $75 a pop. It was emotionally and financially draining. I spent a good amount of time feeling depressed over my situation and then I decided to try to make the best of it.

I slowed down. That's right. The person who used to zip in and out of traffic and who would never have been caught dead driving less than ten miles per hour over the speed limit slowed it down to a commendable five miles per hour over the speed limit. The result? I wound up making fewer trips to the gas station over the course of two weeks and wound up saving myself at least $70 per week by cutting out that extra trip to fill up. This isn't to say that slowing down my driving was easy. Of course, there was always the urge to drive fast. And when I broke it down to figure out why I was driving fast in the first place, I determined that it wasn't so much that I was in a rush to get somewhere as it was that I simply liked the feeling of going fast.

Well, I have now readjusted the feeling of going fast and replaced it with the equally satisfying feeling of saving hundreds of dollars a month by not speeding. It has been quite and experience in learning both in knowing now that my choice in vehicle was somewhat foolish as well as the fact that by altering things about your driving, you can save yourself a lot of grief.

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