Putting the pedal to the metal

Explore 55mph day, January 2nd

Cars are always a popular topic among young learners. You may even be tired of exploring them hour after hour, day after day. Never fear – there is a unique holiday that just may provide a unique spark and different perspective to those who have learners who feel the need for speed! January 2 is celebrated as 55MPH day.

The history of the speed limit and the different limits in each state is a fun way to liven up any afternoon.

Driving may be a long way off for your learners, or just around the corner. Whatever the case may be, being aware of signs is an important lesson, and it can easily begin at any age – with the SPEED LIMIT SIGN! 55MPH day gives us the perfect opportunity to explore the topic of road signs, speedometers and even the different speed limits around town and from state to state.

The National Speed Limit

From 1974 until 1995 the United States had a National speed limit. In 1995, control for the maximum speed was given back to the individual states. With their diverse landscapes and populations, this makes sense now, but 55MPH day commemorates the time when this National speed limit was in effect.

The EMERGENCY HIGHWAY ENERGY CONSERVATION ACT was signed into law on January 2, 1974 by President Richard Nixon. This lowered the speed limit to 55 MPH nationally in hopes drivers would be more fuel efficient.

The goal was to reduce gas use by about 2% and get gas prices lower. It was also believed the lower speed would make roads safer. – The jury is still out on if the 55 MPH law had an impact on prices or safety, but it does reduce fuel consumption.

Try it… With the modern technology cars come equipped with today it is easy to calculate how much fuel you use. On one tank, drive at your State’s posted speed limit. Record how many miles you are able to get out of a tank.  On the next tank, drive only 55 MPH and see how much MORE you get out of the tank.  This writer will admit there are many variables to this “experiment” – but faster speeds use more fuel.

How to Celebrate 55MPH day

Homeschool Holiday has the perfect learning resource for Maximum Speed limit day! In this resource your learner can explore mapping the 50 states of the US as well as their maximum speed limits.

There is also a Memory Game for younger learners in which they match speeds with speedometers. This is a good opportunity to take a drive and show learners exactly how an actual speedometer tracks how fast a car goes!


If you are just looking for a quick activity – Members of the CURRICULUM CLUB can download the DESIGN A SPEED LIMIT SIGN ACTIVITY.

Learners can design a speed limit sign for your Home or School based on the vehicles used there (bikes, trikes, toy cars, etc) . Download the DIY worksheets in out Members only area.

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Christy Gandara

Dedicated to being a Wife, Mother, Friend and Educator while I listen to God's call in my life. I blog to inspire others to be all they can be in whatever roles they are called to. I begin all I do with Gratitude and end by choosing Joy. - Thanks for joining me on my journey!

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