Rick Nelson sang about my experiences in his song "Traveling Man." That was some time after the "Ozzie and Harriet Show." Traveling can be an enlightening experience or just an exciting change of pace in the daily routine.

Let's talk about specific traveling from Robstown to the north Dallas area.

Traveling reminds me of the time that I had to drive to Dallas for a job commitment. I really did not have a desire to go, but there was money to be made there. I drove north towards San Antonio on Highway 77 to Interstate 37.

Unexpectedly there was a subconscious driving move while I was listening to Jessie & Bessie in the morning with oldies on radio 93.5. I noticed that I was traveling towards Corpus Christi. I noticed that I was driving the wrong direction and took an exit to correct my mistake.

I did a u-turn to drive towards I-37 North.

Once again that sweet oldies music mesmerized me to exit towards 5 Points and Robstown. At that point, I called my wife on the cell phone and turned off the oldies music for a while. I shared and we laughed about how the subconscious mind can sometimes control your direction.

That being said, let's get on the road traveling again. I thought, on Blitzen, on Comet, Dasher and Rudolph. Wait, that's the wrong story. OK, let me get serious for a minute, time me if you must.

Trust me, I saved gasoline money on my last trip to the Dallas area.

"How?"

I'm glad you asked. No, my savings was not from buying that GEICO insurance. I saved money by driving at a slower rate of traveling speed on the highway.

My usual traveling speed in the daytime is 70 mph, more or less. The cost for my 2002 vehicle for a 200-mile trip from Robstown, going on 410 in San Antonio to I-35 North to Austin, was $42 for 15 to 16 gallons of gasoline. That was giving me an average of 15 miles per gallon.

Due to mild rain on my last trip back, I had decided to stay at a 65 mph steady speed. I did not go any faster for 200 miles. The result was 22 miles per gallon average.

I know that this is common knowledge, but the financial benefits of going at a slower rate of speed are not discussed much. We have not even touched on the safety benefit issues. You don't really think about it.

However, we should think about the savings, with the prices of gasoline. The next 200 miles through Temple, Waco and Dallas, I slowed down to 60-61 mph. Now the savings jumped to 26 miles per gallon average.

The next return trip I changed my traveling speed to 58 miles per hour and the result was 25 miles per gallon average. I guess the best speed for my vehicle is 60-61 miles per hour for an average of 26 miles per gallon.

Either way this was an actual revelation that I had to share with you, dear reader. The savings to me was unbelievable and quite exciting to my wife and I.

Joe-Santos Medina is a resident of Robstown. Readers may contact him via email at joesantosm@hotmail.com.