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(Reuters)   Forty percent of Americans say they would curb their driving habits if gas prices hit $3.50 a gallon   (reuters.com ) divider line
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2007-07-18 12:53:55 PM  
Sure doesn't seem like anyone is curbing their driving habits here in LA where gas is $3.89 in some places.
 
2007-07-18 01:05:51 PM  
Don't worry, it'll just keep going up anyway.
 
2007-07-18 01:08:45 PM  
And when it hits $3.50/gallon, 40% will say they will curb their driving habits when it hits $4.00/gallon. And when it hits $4.00/gallon, 40% willsay they will curb their driving habits when it hits $4.50/gallon. Etc, etc, etc.

We won't curb our driving habits until there isn't any gas to put in our cars. Then we will look for other ways to make them move.
 
2007-07-18 01:17:59 PM  
i save money by only driving at night.
 
2007-07-18 01:32:04 PM  
If?

/hit 3.78 earlier this year
/hovering around 3.50 now
 
2007-07-18 01:33:56 PM  
And I'm the Pope. Americans will only curb their driving habits when the government is forced to ration gasoline to it's citizens. And even at that point, Americans would be more likely to go to war than curb their driving habits.
 
2007-07-18 01:37:20 PM  
$3.80 here in Chicago.

Still drive to work because.......

Car gets 20 miles to the gallon.

Work is 8 miles away. So, 16/20 of a gallon equals $3.04 worth of gas.

Public Transportation costs $2.00 each way. $4.00 > $3.04 therefore I will continue to drive.
 
2007-07-18 01:38:15 PM  
I already do. I don't leave the house unless there is at least two things we need. I also make all the errands in one big loop so I can save on gas. If I could just convince my husband to carpool we'd be set.

Five people in his office live withing a mile of us and none of them ride to work together. It's such a freaking waste.
 
2007-07-18 02:09:50 PM  
Nope. I'll keep on driving.

/because I get 40+ miles to the gallon
 
2007-07-18 02:12:00 PM  
TheGrayCat:

We won't curb our driving habits until there isn't any gas to put in our cars. Then we will look for other ways to make them move.

Horse-drawn Cadillac. SWEET.
 
2007-07-18 02:14:40 PM  
Already changed my habits slightly. I'd need them to hit $10 a gallon to stop driving a car altogether, but by that point (or sooner, around $4-$5), other oil options become very feasible.

Of course, we could also remove some of the embedded taxes++NO CARRIER++
 
2007-07-18 02:14:40 PM  
I doubt it will fix my slice.

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2007-07-18 02:17:35 PM  
40% of Americans are full of shiat
 
2007-07-18 02:31:26 PM  
I don't drive. Neener!
 
2007-07-18 02:32:54 PM  
Anybody heard of the 1970's? We went from driving SuperSports to Volkswagens in about 3 years.
 
2007-07-18 02:42:10 PM  
I have already curbed my driving habits.
 
2007-07-18 02:44:36 PM  
ZeroKool: $3.80 here in Chicago.

Still drive to work because.......

Car gets 20 miles to the gallon.

Work is 8 miles away. So, 16/20 of a gallon equals $3.04 worth of gas.

Public Transportation costs $2.00 each way. $4.00 > $3.04 therefore I will continue to drive.


I know you probably mean well, there, but the cost of driving a car is not the same as the cost of gasoline. Assuming you go 16 miles, you're actually going to spend (unless your car is free, you never get repairs, you pay no insurance, etc.), closer to $8.00 a trip to drive your car every day.

There's plenty of "What does it actually cost me to drive" calculators on the Net. You may not agree with all of their assumptions, but gasoline is really about 1/2 of the cost of driving unless you're in a big SUV.
 
2007-07-18 02:48:31 PM  
did 40% percent of Americans say they'd do the same when gas hit $2.50 a gallon?
 
2007-07-18 02:56:51 PM  
Delivery trucks that supply businesses are not going to be able to "curb" their driving, so even if we all drove bicycles, the price of everything is going to go up.

If you call a plumber, he's not going to tell you he can't come because he's cutting back on driving, but he is most certainly going to pass on his increased expenses to you.
 
2007-07-18 03:01:53 PM  
MePod: Sure doesn't seem like anyone is curbing their driving habits here in LA where gas is $3.89 in some places.

Seriously, in the OC, too.

Didn't a lot of Americans say they'd move to Canada if Bush got re-elected?

We sure talk a lot of game.
 
2007-07-18 03:03:52 PM  
Newsflash: Americans often say things they don't mean in order to get attention for their ostensible moral superiority!
 
2007-07-18 03:07:43 PM  
-tinfoil hat-

as long as we are in the M.E.. gas prices will remain high in order to backdoor fund the war effort.
 
2007-07-18 03:13:15 PM  
Shenanigans.
 
2007-07-18 04:00:37 PM  
Cathaleon: I know you probably mean well, there, but the cost of driving a car is not the same as the cost of gasoline. Assuming you go 16 miles, you're actually going to spend (unless your car is free, you never get repairs, you pay no insurance, etc.), closer to $8.00 a trip to drive your car every day.

But that's balanced by the fact that it takes me 15-30 minutes to get to work via car, vs 2-3 hours on public transportation.

/and for me, you can't factor in the purchase cost of a car for two reasons

1) I need a car anyway (not lugging photography equipment around on a bus, not to mention laptops and computers, etc)

2) My car was paid off a long time ago.

/As for repairs, I've spent an average of 1000 a year. Which works out to about 2.70 per day. (oil change every 3-4 months at $15 a pop. The rest on tires and hoses.)

/the bus is $2.75 each way
 
2007-07-18 04:08:26 PM  
Cathaleon: I know you probably mean well, there, but the cost of driving a car is not the same as the cost of gasoline. Assuming you go 16 miles, you're actually going to spend (unless your car is free, you never get repairs, you pay no insurance, etc.), closer to $8.00 a trip to drive your car every day.

There's plenty of "What does it actually cost me to drive" calculators on the Net. You may not agree with all of their assumptions, but gasoline is really about 1/2 of the cost of driving unless you're in a big SUV.


That's true, but the majority of those costs are fixed costs. You're still going to be paying insurance whether you drive to work or not, you'll still have to pay for repairs. You might save a bit on oil changes, if you move to a month-based interval instead of mileage-based.

But, unless you're in a situation where you can just ditch the car completely, and avoid the insurance and repair costs, and rely on walking/biking/public transit 100%, gasoline price will be the deciding factor for you to drive or take public transit.
 
2007-07-18 04:42:06 PM  
Dr.Knockboots: -tinfoil hat-

as long as we are in the M.E.. gas prices will remain high in order to backdoor fund the war effort.


i108.photobucket.com

/kidding
 
2007-07-18 05:12:03 PM  
I don't drive much as it is, and I still think gas is too high.
 
2007-07-18 05:12:31 PM  
I would think Curbing anything would be frowned upon after 'American History X' came out.
 
2007-07-18 05:12:50 PM  
Yes, what is this "IF" of which they speak?

What I wouldn't give for reliable public transportation...
 
2007-07-18 05:12:52 PM  
I have already changed my driving habits. I bike whenever and wherever I can and only drive when it is too far to bike. Biking to work really cuts down on the gas bill.
 
2007-07-18 05:12:53 PM  
40% of statistics are ripcorded from reporters arses 20 minutes before the article is due.
 
2007-07-18 05:13:35 PM  
neapoi: Nope. I'll keep on driving.

/because I get 40+ miles to the gallon


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Somebody drives a hybrid! Thaaaaaaaaaanks!
 
2007-07-18 05:13:44 PM  
I have already curbed my driving habits.
 
2007-07-18 05:14:09 PM  
I won't.

I don't really have a choice though. Work is 20 miles away, and I'd rather pay for the gas than live near there. Have to drive to the store, etc. No buses run around here. I do ride the trolley to the bar on the weekends though.
 
2007-07-18 05:14:10 PM  
The most they will do is curb joyriding but that is usually such a small portion of driving anyways.

For many many people much of their driving is necessity, unless they move, walking is out, public transportation is crap or nonexistent.
 
2007-07-18 05:14:35 PM  
I started to curb my driving when it went over $2.80!
 
2007-07-18 05:14:46 PM  
I will keep driving because they dont let me drink rum and smoke weed on the bus.
 
2007-07-18 05:14:47 PM  
In other news: People are mostly full of shiat.
 
2007-07-18 05:15:31 PM  
I think most people have curbed them as much as they can already. Personally I think it is time to take oil off the commodities market (so price isn't influenced by outside sources) and force the gas manufactures to build more gas refineries to meet demand. In the West, supposed no new refineries have been built in over 10 years.
 
2007-07-18 05:15:42 PM  
Crosshair: I have already changed my driving habits. I bike whenever and wherever I can and only drive when it is too far to bike. Biking to work really cuts down on the gas bill.

I'd love to bike to work but it being between 90-100+ degrees here during the summer inhibits that urge a bit.
 
2007-07-18 05:15:48 PM  
I car pool with my wife and we drive a Prius.

Gas is not that big of a factor to us.

Why not pay less in gas now?

Why is paying money more now for gas at this price a good idea?
 
2007-07-18 05:15:51 PM  
I rode the bus yesterday for the first time in a while. It was full of stinking poor people and cripples. Reminded me of why I hate the bus.

I have an SUV but I bike to work 90% of the time.
 
2007-07-18 05:15:52 PM  
Started biking to work in May. I can't remember what gas was then, and I couldn't tell you what it is now.

/lost 15 lbs
//20 left to go
 
kab
2007-07-18 05:16:13 PM  
Seeing as my driving habits consist of going to / from work, and as little else as possible, there isn't much to curb.

The higher gas goes, the less gets spent on other things. When it becomes financially feasible, this car will be ditched for something more economical.

Until then, eh.
 
2007-07-18 05:16:21 PM  
This is really the problem with Americans. The war, the environment being partially destroyed by use of fossil fuels have no bearing.

Only when it hits thier tangible pocketbook do they even care.

Why can't people cut back NOW because its obvious gas will never go down?
 
2007-07-18 05:16:49 PM  
TheGrayCat: We won't curb our driving habits until there isn't any gas to put in our cars. Then we will look for other ways to make them move.

My preferred method. Notice my car is also a boat.

www.wayodd.com
 
2007-07-18 05:17:08 PM  
Most "real" studies find that there would barely be a dent in driving even at five dollars
 
2007-07-18 05:17:11 PM  
Is that the same 40% that said they'd curb their driving habits at $3.00/gallon?

/We're happy it's under $1.00/litre this weekend, woo hoo!
 
2007-07-18 05:17:23 PM  
I am the VP of Sales for a major oil company so I am getting a kick out of this.
 
2007-07-18 05:17:34 PM  
ZeroKool: $3.80 here in Chicago.

Still drive to work because.......

Car gets 20 miles to the gallon.

Work is 8 miles away. So, 16/20 of a gallon equals $3.04 worth of gas.

Public Transportation costs $2.00 each way. $4.00 > $3.04 therefore I will continue to drive.


Good answer. Not necessarily FTW, as carpooling wasn't involved in the equation, but a good entry nonetheless.
 
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