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Old 08-18-2005, 02:38 PM   #1
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Have gas prices affected you?

Has/will the increase in gas prices affect your driving behavior?
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Old 08-18-2005, 02:39 PM   #2
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Have gas prices affected you?

Gas prices have really gone up around here.
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Old 08-18-2005, 02:41 PM   #3
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I'm more conscious about checking the air pressure in my tires, no more full car loads of people (I own a 4 door), and downshifting to slow down is a no-no.
So glad I drive stick civic
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Old 08-18-2005, 02:49 PM   #4
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Its not affecting me either. The guy who pumped my septic tank today is another matter. His fuel bill has increased a shocking amount but he hasn't passed on the cost to his clints yet, hoping things'll shift.
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Old 08-18-2005, 02:53 PM   #5
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It is TOTALLY affecting me! Gas here is 2.70/gal., which is, the highest EVER. Last summer the highest I paid was 2.13/gal. and I thought that was outrageous. Now, it's unreal. I do NOT drive unless I MUST. Gas prices are killing volunteer organizations...think about that...mom and pop denied Meals on Wheels due to ever higher gas prices and NObody is reimbursing---they all say, "suck it up"---a lot of us can't do that.
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Old 08-18-2005, 02:55 PM   #6
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Yes, prices have gone up around me. So far, there has been no impact on my lifestyle. We don't drive that much, and we have a pretty fuel efficient car. Geo Prizm.
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Old 08-18-2005, 03:07 PM   #7
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One of my buddies in Sweden told me the other day when we were talking about gas prices that he just laughs when Americans complain about gas prices. They're easily double what we pay
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Old 08-18-2005, 03:17 PM   #8
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It's affected me some. I've gone literally one week on less than a quarter tank of gas because I dread paying to fill it. Granted I live literally 4 minutes from work so I haven't been suffering too much. Or maybe the money is just an excuse to put off a chore that I've always hated. Probably the latter.
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Old 08-18-2005, 03:42 PM   #9
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(identical threads merged)

I chose two months ago to get a larger, gas guzzlin' vehicle. It's irritating that the new tank is larger than the old one, at the same time prices are up, so while I used to fill for $20 I now fill for $50. It's a jarring experience. But I don't really drive that much overall, so for me the effect is still rather small.
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:03 PM   #10
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Gas here is currently $1.139 a litre.

That's $4.31 a gallon for all you Yanks.
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:04 PM   #11
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it's pretty painful to my wallet. the airport is 45 minutes away from my house so i'm limiting my outings out there to saturday and on an as needed basis for sunday. the other day it cost almost $60 to fill my truck. i'm thinking about buying a motorcycle to help the situation.
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:09 PM   #12
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I try to drive less, but if i drove less than I do now, I would go absolutely stir crazy... MUST LEAVE THE HOUSE. I do try to take the bus when I can or have an extra $2. I am hopefully getting a bike soon so I don't have to drive the car anywhere, I can just ride. I prefer it that way.
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:23 PM   #13
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I'm pretty stoked that I got rid of my SUV for a SAAB about 4 months back. The SAAB is getting kick-ass mileage. My commute is 46 miles per day, so I go through some gas, I tell ya, but BART and a bus would cost more. Public transportation sucks in Northern California, and in the East Bay in particular.
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:24 PM   #14
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My 1999 Explorer 4x4 automatic gets approximately 15-16 mpg. These prices are *killing* me. It costs me just about $44.00 to fill my tank completely, and I get about 300 miles per tank. I drove a minimum of 40 miles round trip to work each day, and that wouldn't be so bad, except that I also drive 10 miles minimum per day on work business (reimbursed at a rate of .405 per mile). My outside activities tack at least another 40 miles per day onto my driving on average, so at 90 miles per day, a tank of gas lasts me 3 days and change. That is about 10 tanksful per month, or over $400.00 at present. We have two other cars.

Somewhere, some of Dubya's pals are lighting Cuban cigars with $100 bills, and laughing their asses off at what a bunch of chumps we all are.
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:25 PM   #15
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I've only been driving for a little over three years, and gas has gone up more than $1.30 in that time. ($1.19 was high right after I started driving. Then it spiked to $1.30 and stayed around there for quite a while.) About $0.50 of that increase has happened in the last month. I just got gas a few days ago at $2.39 (and the next day it went up to $2.49). The last time I'd gotten gas, it was $2.09. The fill-up before that was at $1.99. I don't know, but every time it jumps here, it seems like it's by 10 cents. I'm sure it's gone up to $2.59 by now and I just don't know about it.

No one around me seems too concerned, but I'm a full-time student and I only work part-time over the holidays. So, it costing more than $25 to fill my 11 gal tank is a lot to me. At least I traded in my 17mpg truck two years ago for a 30-32mpg car though. I live that far from university though, so if gas goes up much more, I won't be coming home on every weekend as I have in the past.

I live in a rural area, so there isn't any public transportation, and biking/walking isn't an option. It's 7 miles to the house of the friend who lives nearest to me. And it's 10 miles just to get into "town" and another 10 to get to the city, which is of course where everything is.

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