Gas prices – Do people really care?
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Over the weekend I headed to the NC Mountains to spend the weekend with my wife and kids who were already there. While driving up, I really focused on practicing some of the hypermiler techniques I wrote about last week. The main one being going the speed limit. While it did seem to make a big difference on my gas mileage, I literally felt like I was the slowest person on the road.
Numerous cars were exceeding the speed limit and many by a significant amount. This included the big gas guzzling SUVs and trucks. Watching these gas sucking vehicles driving by, I thought to myself: I sure hear a great deal of complaining about the rising cost of gas prices but see little evidence that people are willing to change their driving habits to save some money at the pumps.
According to a recent test performed by Edmunds.com, reducing your speed and driving the speed limit will provide a 12-14% savings. On a $50.00 tank of gas, that’s $6 – $7.
A recent poll conducted by The NDP Group surveyed 43,000 and found that 12% of respondents indicated they’ve canceled their vacation plans for the summer. Another 12% said they are choosing public transportation instead of driving.
While I didn’t conduct any formal survey, it was very obvious to me that when people do drive their cars, they aren’t changing their habits overall. People are still speeding and even tail gate and get irritated at those of us that do drive the speed limit.
Is it that people just aren’t aware of the significant savings or do they just not care? I sure hope they just aren’t aware. If you chose to speed, fine, but just go easy on those of us that are trying to save a little money. Okay?
What are you thoughts? Are you driving slower? Are you seeing people in general drive slower? Add a comment!