Gas Prices On Our Minds -- Travel, Si...

Gas Prices On Our Minds -- Travel, Simsbury

There are 12 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 31, 2008, titled Gas Prices On Our Minds -- Travel, Simsbury. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

We recently drove from Hartford to Franconia, N.H. On our drive back via I-91, we decided to hold our speed steady at 65 mph to see if we could beat the 28 miles per gallon our 2004 Subaru Outback was expected ...

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Ann Weiss

AOL

#1 May 31, 2008
There was a big story recently in the Houston (Texas) Chronicle about this very thing. The most likely vehicles for this to happen to are SUVs and pick ups because of their easily accessible gas tanks (according to the article). What a miserable low we have sunk to! Happy motoring.

Since: Jan 08

Hawthorne, CA

#2 Jun 1, 2008
And it's likely to get worse.
R Brown

Rome, NY

#3 Jun 1, 2008
Sad to say locking gas caps are a must. When I bought a new vehicle "way back" in 2003 when prices were "reasonable", before I ever pulled in to a gas station I pulled in to an auto parts store and purchased a locking gas cap. With prices continuing to rise, those that would have never given siphoning a second thought five years ago are thinking seriously about it today!
jay

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Jun 1, 2008
i keep my tank below 1/2 so this does not happen to me.
napgirl

Annapolis, MD

#5 Jun 1, 2008
Very interesting and believable. We all need to slow down.
napgirl

Annapolis, MD

#6 Jun 1, 2008
And park your cars in easy to see spots.

“Don Mei”

Since: Apr 07

Essex, CT

#7 Jun 1, 2008
ann,
its great that you saved fuel by slowing down. I'm very glad that you are happy with your own personal choice.

The other drivers have made their own choice, that saving a few minutes is worth a few extra cents worth of fuel.

Lets not try to make the jump to the idea that people should be forced to slow down for the "good of us all".

If so, what do you say to the guy with the VW diesel who gets 50 mpg at 75 mph??

Or the Mommy in her "active livestyle minivan" Chevy Suburban getting 12 mpg?

Are you advocating graduated speed limits? i.e. highly efficient cars get to go faster?

Or are you willing to penalize the person in the 50 mpg Jetta? Lets face it, he's aready doign his part, even if he's flying by you at 75 mph.

For that matter, so is the mommy in the suburban if she's got 4 carpoolers with her on her way to work.

Yes, gas is expensive. Yes, we should use less. But lets keep the efforts grass roots. Lets not invite more government regulation into our lives.

If you want to save fuel, drive an efficient car and go slowly.

Don

Since: Oct 07

United States

#8 Jun 1, 2008
I did the same thing last weekend - put the cruise on 65 from Northern Vermont to Connecticut. Not only did the tank not go down as fast, but cars/SUVs/trucks, etc. were wizzing by me as if I was standing still.

I do this on the way to work now. I keep it at the posted speed limit and people around me are driving like bats out of hell.

People need to stop complaining if they are not going to do anything about it. Personal responsibility starts at home. Slow down. Use less gas. Decrease the need.

Yes, I know that many other major things to be done, but that doesn't mean we can't do something.
km from oklahoma

Inola, OK

#9 Jun 1, 2008
I live in rural oklahoma and work about 60 miles from my home as a school teacher. I had the same idea as some of you about my speed on the highway, so I slowed down to 60 to 65. It was amazing to me how much gas I could save driving at these speeds, but it was equally amazing at how fast people were still driving regardless of the high price of gas. It is almost like people don't care how high it goes. I care because I have to make a living.

“Don Mei”

Since: Apr 07

Essex, CT

#10 Jun 2, 2008
I did some quick math re the original poster's story. In fact ann saved more than she estimated.

the round trip is 460 miles.

At her normal speed (28mpg) she'd use 16.4 gal
At her slower speed (32.5 mpg)_ she'll use 14.2gal

2.2 gal at $4.20/gal is $9.24.

Conversely, if she made the trip at 65 mph instead of 75mph,

420/75= 5.6 hours
420/65= 6.5 hours

So to put it right out there, Ann saved $9.24 but spent an extra hour in the car. She has made the decision that that is worthwhile for her.

Its up to all of us to make our own decisions on this.

Don
p.s. The speed portion of the calculation is admittedly rough, since it assumes those speeds for the whole trip, which is not a reality. However, it gives a good comparison.

“In Dodd we cannot trust.”

Since: Nov 07

Rural Connecticut

#11 Jun 2, 2008
Don Mei wrote:
I did some quick math re the original poster's story. In fact ann saved more than she estimated.
the round trip is 460 miles.
At her normal speed (28mpg) she'd use 16.4 gal
At her slower speed (32.5 mpg)_ she'll use 14.2gal
2.2 gal at $4.20/gal is $9.24.
Conversely, if she made the trip at 65 mph instead of 75mph,
420/75= 5.6 hours
420/65= 6.5 hours
So to put it right out there, Ann saved $9.24 but spent an extra hour in the car. She has made the decision that that is worthwhile for her.
Its up to all of us to make our own decisions on this.
Don
p.s. The speed portion of the calculation is admittedly rough, since it assumes those speeds for the whole trip, which is not a reality. However, it gives a good comparison.
Don,

As always, very astute observation on your part.

But as someone who uses less than one gallon of gas per day for commuting, I am not concerned with gas prices. Would I like to spend less? Sure, but the couple of bucks per day is not going to bankrupt me.
What everyone is losing sight of is how the price of heating oil is as high as it has ever been and not coming down in what is traditionally the "cheap" season. It is much easier to cut back 10% on driving than to cut back even 2% on home heating.

“Don Mei”

Since: Apr 07

Essex, CT

#12 Jun 2, 2008
nwcorner,
to support your point. We all DO have a lot of control over how much we spend on fuel, at least in the long run. People can choose to drive a smaller car, carpool, public trans, etc.

But most people have very little control over how much they spend heating their house. Sure turning it down can help. As can some quick fix foam in a can repairs. But these will affect things 10 to 15%.

I burned about 1000 gal of Propane last year for heat and hot water (and got lucky and locked in at 1.99/gal), not a big deal. But for the average person in an average house, their bill could be much higher.

I just finished renovating a 160 yr old home and insulated with blown in foam. No air infiltration and R7.1 per inch. When I started the project, my payback calculations were based on an oil cost (thought we were going to use oil at that point) of `1.50/gal. My payback period has beenknocked in half.

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