If you really want cheaper gas in Texarkana you are gonna have to do something most of us do not want to do.

As you drive down the road you see something that is so hard to imagine, gas is over $4 a gallon, but there is a way for gas to get cheaper but we will have to do something we have not done since the '70s.

 Drive Slower

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We have to go back to a 55 mph speed limit. I know it sounds horrible but back in the 1970s, the United States passed a national maximum speed limit. Check out this information on the story on Yahoo:

Congress passed the national maximum speed limit in 1973, not as a way to save lives in traffic accidents, but to reduce gasoline use during the Arab oil embargo. The limit lasted 22 years, and during that time the country reduced its consumption by 167,000 barrels a day, and as much as an overall savings of 3 percent of annual fuel consumption.

Slower Speeds Creates Lass Demand

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In the story, you see that lower speeds decrease our need for over 167,000 barrels of oil a day. Less demand in turn would make prices go down. Now before you get all crazy on me I already take this approach. Being a Jeep owner and those of you that own Jeeps or even big SUVs know what I mean, They are not easy on gas. And If you have a lifted Jeep on decent-sized tires you know that on a good day 15 miles a gallon is the best we can see in our vehicles.

 Use the access roads in Texarkana

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So I get better gas mileage on those access roads than the interstate. My Jeep is a big fan of 55 mph. It may seem slow but it really will save you gas in the end. It may not seem like a big deal but I can usually go a couple of extra days between fill-ups. And for the most part the access roads are safer than the highway with all of the big truck traffic.

 

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.