Alenda Valenzuela's commute from Woodbridge, Va., to her office in southeast Washington tops 50 miles a day. Valenzuela says even though her standard Volkswagen Jetta is not a gas-guzzler, slugging still saves her nearly $90 a week. She drives a few miles each morning to the slug lines at Horner Road, a large commuter parking lot next to highway I-95.
"With the gas prices, I think soon people will start walking to the slug lines versus riding, driving their cars, cause it is so expensive," said Valenzuela.
On a recent Tuesday morning, Valenzuela hopped into Martha Pogue's car. Pogue is a regular slugger herself, and an occasional slug driver. Regardless of whether you're a slugger or a driver, said Pogue, either way, you save money.
"You're driving at speed so you're not in stop-and-go traffic where you'd be burning more gas," said Pogue.
Sluggers like LeBlanc are happy to stay away from the driver's seat as much as possible. LeBlanc said he used to be tied to his car, and the thought of not driving himself to work appalled him. Now, he said, he avoids driving at all costs, preferring to pocket the gas savings and take advantage of other slugger perks.
"[Slugging] saves me $560 a month minimum. That's $6, $7000 a year," said LeBlanc, "plus I can take a nap on the way home."
There are a few informal slugging rules: No cell phones are allowed in the cars, sluggers should greet drivers hello and goodbye, and a thank you is always welcome. Given current gas prices, it's a small price to pay to protect the wallet from those pricey pumps.