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Old 05-23-08, 11:58 AM
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Have high gas prices changed your driving habits?

Gas is about $3.80 a gallon here. But I'm driving just as much as I did when it was $2.00. We're driving the same cars. We're scheduled to drive to Denver in July and Moab two weeks later.

Has the price of gas gotten high enough to change how you drive?
Old 05-23-08, 12:04 PM
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No not in the slightest
Old 05-23-08, 12:06 PM
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I have gone from driving 10 over to only 5. In addition, I have not driven my truck at all since last Saturday!
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Nope -- I've taken public transportation to work for several years and I was never all that keen on taking road trips.
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Nope. I hate public transit and have to drive the same distance to work every day. I also have classes at a different campus starting this summer so I have to drive twice as far for school.

It really adds up.
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I tend only to go out shopping and looking around if I have something I plan on buying. No more going to Best Buy, etc. just to look.
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Keeping decent records, I am driving 10% less now than I use to. I'm a tight ass.
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Not really but I'm planning to work on it. If anything I drive slightly more with less of a reason to do so just because I know I shouldn't. Well that and looking for the cheapest gas stations.

To be honest, my reasons for trying to cut down on driving have more to do with putting miles on my car and wear and tear than gas prices.
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I used to go driving just for the fun of it or to far away (30-60 min) places for things like lunch, going to the movies, things like that. I've cut down on that a lot.
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$4.28 for premium here ... and no, I haven't changed my habits ... besides for work, random errands, and bouncing around town, I almost never stray too far from home ...
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Nope, but then again, I don't do that much driving to begin with.
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Yes. My entire office moved from 15 miles away from my house to 5 miles away. My commute is much more cost effective now.
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Hubby and I ride to work together and our neighbor is thinking about riding with us also.
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Yes. Points for hitting old ladies have remained relatively fixed for the past 5 years. With inflation, that drives their value down.
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Yes. We are trying to break our habit of going for a Sunday drive. Going for walks instead is healthier anyway. We've started to try to combine trips more now also.
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You're gonna have to provide a graph, Thor.

As to my gas behavior, I've been thinking about joining the local chapter of the Gas Siphoning Club.
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Not really since it's a weekend car. I know some of the roadtrips I thought about, I cancel partially due to gas price though.
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Nope.

But I'm rich, bitches.
Old 05-23-08, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Yes. Points for hitting old ladies have remained relatively fixed for the past 5 years. With inflation, that drives their value down.
I know but points for cell phone users and texters have gone up in value!
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Originally Posted by Nick Danger

Has the price of gas gotten high enough to change how you drive?

Yes, I now ride a vanpool or train to work every day.

We also don't take as many road trips, we do things closer to where we live.

We also try to maximize when we do have to drive, so we usually will run errands at the same.
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It may.. I'm considering buying a monthly bus/rail pass just for the summer. I usually carpool, but gas prices are getting stupid.
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Yes. I don't drive anywhere to pick up "a couple things". I wait until I need to do a lot of shopping or I do it on the way to/from work since I'm out anyway.

We also use my fiancee's 4-cylinder to go most places on the weekend unless I need the hauling space in my Highlander.

I'll probably start driving her car to work soon since she works from home.

If I was close enough to work to ride a bike I would, but it's 14 miles each way. Also public transportation is not an option - I'd have to take 3 buses minimum plus a 20 minute walk from the nearest bus stop to my office. No thanks.
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Yes. We are trying to break our habit of going for a Sunday drive. Going for walks instead is healthier anyway. We've started to try to combine trips more now also.
Seriously? People actually go on Sunday drives? What does it all entail, just driving around the city or do you go to random places or visit people? I always knew the saying, "They must be out for a Sunday drive" but I never knew people actually did these.
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I used to go home for work on a daily basis, but I cut that out late last year. I only work about 10-15 minutes from home, but it still helps out to stay at work.

The price of gas has also caused me to cut out plans for a summer vacation and I'm also cutting back on going out to eat. I make decent money, but not enough to be immune to the recent rises in the cost of living.
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No. Then again, I only drive to work and grocery shopping. And driving a small car has its advantages.

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