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Yes they have.... please explain 38 41.76%
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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old 05-15-2006, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Have you changed your driving habits due to rising gas prices?

Gas prices are on everyone's mind and now that they just went up about another $.06 at the Shell on the corner I'm curious as to how it's affecting everyone else and their driving habits.

For me I've stopped driving my Xterra unless it's quite necessary, like to the train station and back (6 miles round-trip). I used to run errands whenever the mood struck me, but now I'll wait and save them all for one day of driving around. If I can I'll take my girlfriend's Hyundai or ride my bike and take a big backpack. This week I'm waiting until the weather is nice to run errands so I can use the bike. My goal is to fill up the Xterra's tank once every 3-4 weeks. So far it's been working, but it's cost me the freedom of hopping in the truck and driving where I want when I want.

So my question to you is this: Have the gas prices caused you to change your driving habits? Please explain why they have or haven't and what you do different now.

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post #2 of 91 (permalink) Old 05-15-2006, 10:03 AM
 
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I got a job much closer to home, and I seem to carpool more with friends, whenever I go somewhere.
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Nope I traded in my 30 mpg infiniti and got a toyota tundra that gets 15 mpg. I'm doing my job to help the economy.




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Nope, I still ride around at 90mph in first gear.

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I drive a full size SUV that gets 13-16 mpg. Luckily I'm about a mile from work, but f I'm taking a trip someplace more than 150 miles away I tend to rent cars.

If you can get upper 20's/low 30's out of the car, the rental pays for itself in gas money saved.
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I drive a full size SUV that gets 13-16 mpg. Luckily I'm about a mile from work, but f I'm taking a trip someplace more than 150 miles away I tend to rent cars.

If you can get upper 20's/low 30's out of the car, the rental pays for itself in gas money saved.

This is something I haven't heard of, but a good idea nonetheless. Pretty creative, Troy.

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If you can get upper 20's/low 30's out of the car, the rental pays for itself in gas money saved.
WOW! VERY good tip!

My cheapa ss always finds a way to save money, but now, I, like many Americans, CAN'T figure this one out.

I HAVE to drive to work. End of story. There is no way around this.

I do drive a Corolla, and am getting 360 miles out of a 12 gallon gas tank, but I would never drive a gas guzzler, even if gas were $1.00 a gallon. Gas is a waste of money. Rather spend it on m-cycle mods or track days or hookers with cocaine in their asscracks.

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About the only thing I've done is slowed down on the commute. I wasn't saving any time by going faster, I just end up slowing down more when some f'n cheesehead thinks the left lane is for slow people

I set cruise control at 70mph on the highway. I do speed it up when I drive long distances though, usually 75.

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I do drive a Corolla, and am getting 360 miles out of a 12 gallon gas tank,
Then you dont need to change your habits your doing just fine. I go through gas like wse go's through strippers


My Toyota gets 15, my f-250 work truck gets 8 mpg (v-10) and my harley used to get good mileage till I went and bored it out.

at least my wife balances us out with her VW




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About the only thing I've done is slowed down on the commute. I wasn't saving any time by going faster, I just end up slowing down more when some f'n cheesehead thinks the left lane is for slow people

I set cruise control at 70mph on the highway. I do speed it up when I drive long distances though, usually 75.

Yup, I forgot to put this in my first post. I've also slowed down. Instead of driving 70 or 75 I do 60 or 65.

When driving back from the CLSB backpacking trip I found that driving at 75 mph I got about 280 miles from 15 gallons of gas. That's 18.7 mpg... just horrible. If I drove 60 I'm sure I could have gotten close to 340 miles from the same amount of gas, which is 22.7 mpg.

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The only think I've changed is what I put in the tank. I've been mixing the Mercedes 50/50 diesel and waste cooking oil. The Benz gets 22 mpg and my truck gets 14. I have been driving the Benz more, but it's getting sold, so I have plans to convert the truck to run on waste veggie oil. If I'm driving for free I don't care where I go, or what the mpg is.

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The only think I've changed is what I put in the tank. I've been mixing the Mercedes 50/50 diesel and waste cooking oil. The Benz gets 22 mpg and my truck gets 14. I have been driving the Benz more, but it's getting sold, so I have plans to convert the truck to run on waste veggie oil. If I'm driving for free I don't care where I go, or what the mpg is.

So you saw that Mythbusters, too.

I thought it was pretty amazing the car actually ran on that stuff. I wonder what the gunk does to the engine, though.

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We take the Metra anyway, but when we travel our little Sentra does the job.
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I try to ride instead of drive. Unless I have to carry something that won't fit in a backpack or its raining, I'm on the bike. I can get between 30-40 mpg on the SS, depending on highway/city mix.

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I ride my bicycle and ride the train to work everyday. This weekend was the first time I bought gas for my car in at least three months. That's only cause I used my car to haul the bike to trackdays. I rarely drive anymore, I like it that way.

Now that I have secure parking for my street bike in my building I'll be riding a lot more. So I guess I'll be buying more gas for that.

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Much smother on the gas and brake. You will be amazed how much it saves. Plus working 3 miles from home helps. And yes, drive less then before.

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Ive been taking it "easy" with the Tahoes for the last two years. Im averaging 13mpg around town and as long as I keep it under 70(~2000rpms) on the highway, I can get 19mpg.

We drive the Forester when we can on the weekends for errands, etc.

I also try to ride the bike to work at least a couple times a week weather permitting.
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About the only thing I've done is slowed down on the commute.
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I really haven't done much. My car gets mid 20s in-town and 30+ on the highway, and the wife's car is nearly as good. The gas prices really haven't affected us all that much.

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haven't changed at all. I still drive my civic which gets 33-37 mpg

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i ride the bike as much as possible.. o wait. i do that anyways.

i dont' drive my gas hog of a 2500 truck as much.

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I try to avoid driving my Rodeo and take the bike out more often. Also I do try to take it easy while driving, but it doesn't always work. The sad part about it is my friends Sentra gets better mpg then my bike. And the Rodeo is just a gas guzzler even in 2wd mode it gets about 12 mpg in the city (same as 4wd mode).

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My driving habits have changed; I am trading in my dodge ram for a pressure washing truck.

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