Letter: Want to cut gas costs? Slow down!
I support the modest increase in the state gasoline tax proposed by the New Hampshire House. I drive many miles every year in this state, and it’s worth it to me to pay just 3½ percent more (12 cents on $3.50 a gallon) to have the bridges and roads repaired and safe. If we want to drive on the roads and know that the snow will be removed, the potholes patched, the bridges repaired and open, and Interstate 93 completed, we should be willing to pay what it takes.
Of course, if the 3½ percent increase is a burden, a driver can simply slow down from driving 70 to 60 mph and save 10 to 15 percent on gas. But based on the overwhelming number of vehicles that pass me at 70 or greater on the highway, I don’t think that’s much of a threat to the increased income the state is hoping for. The bottom line is that if someone needs to keep their gasoline costs down, they ought to be looking at their own driving habits, not complaining about gasoline taxes.