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Gas prices expected to jump; could lower speed limit be the ans...

There are 388 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Jun 27, 2008, titled Gas prices expected to jump; could lower speed limit be the ans.... In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Get ready for another jump at the pump. A day after oil hit a record high and stocks were sent tumbling, local experts say gas prices will be going up Friday.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan.

Mark

Lovington, NM

#348 Jun 30, 2008
government wrote:
I think the government should tell each family what car or truck they should drive. Then we wouldn't have any choices to make. Then they could tell us where to work. What to eat and drink. Then they should tell us how many kids we can have. Then they should ban smoking in BARS. then they should tax us for global warming...life would be great!
If you agree with any of this you should move to china
Hey, careful, don't give these wannabe fascists anymore ideas than they already have.

“" Me and My Shadow"”

Since: Jun 08

Grand Rapisds

#349 Jun 30, 2008
Lets get back to speed limits and saving gas . Lets just say that our governor or our legislature in there ultimate wisdom decide to lower the speed limits on the E ways wont that mean that the vehicles will be running longer and putting out more pollution? I am for sensible driving and conservation , I have been driving less but when I get on the freeway I want get somewhere not sight see . If I want to sight see I will take the back roads and 45 or 55 don't lower speed limits bad idea.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#351 Jun 30, 2008
Is it just me or do some of these people sound like communists? Or Big Brother? Next thing ya know they'll be telling us only one child per family. What's the difference?
This whole thing reminds me of the abortion debate in a way-you can't legalize morality, and you can't legalize common sense. There are speed limits now that many do not follow, it's illegal to drink and drive and people are still killing others with their cars after driving drunk. It SHOULD be illegal to drive 15 mph anywhere but I see people doing it in Coopersville all the time.
I would bet that if we save a few bucks by lowering the speed limit, someone else will suck it up anyway-I don't think it's a solution.

“" Me and My Shadow"”

Since: Jun 08

Grand Rapisds

#352 Jun 30, 2008
Typical White Person wrote:
I agree that our government should mandate we all drive slower and conserve fuel. It will free up crude oil supplies for the emerging markets of India and China.
To heck with India and China and to heck with government mandates.
BC Non-dutch

Broomfield, CO

#353 Jun 30, 2008
Who follows the speed limit anyway? I've always driven 80 mph and constantly had others pass me. I've reduced my speed down to 70 recently. Now I just have an increase in the number of people passing me. Obscene gestures are just an added bonus.

“Fed Up”

Since: May 08

Wayland, Michigan

#354 Jun 30, 2008
sweet thing wrote:
Yes this is true that a person can choose to drive fast or slower but what happens when that slower person is getting flipped off, yelled at and who knows what else by the people that have alot of road rage. and their seems to be alot of that these days. I totally support the idea of lower speeds.
I have NEVER heard of anyone driving in the right lane of a highway at or 10-15mph below the posted speed limit getting flipped off or yelled at. If your driving slow in the left lane however I could see it. Because then it's not only frustrating but illegal. Go 55 or 60 mph all you want in the right hand land. Get in the left lane and block traffic for others and you should get run off the road as far as i'm concerned.

On a side note: Is it just me or are most left lane blockers driving mini-vans. Usually Chrysler minivans too it seems.

“Who Cares?”

Since: Jan 08

Muskegon

#355 Jun 30, 2008
Seems to me everyone drives whatever speed they want anyway. I know I do.

“" Me and My Shadow"”

Since: Jun 08

Grand Rapisds

#356 Jun 30, 2008
Typical White Person wrote:
I agree that our government should mandate we all drive slower and conserve fuel. It will free up crude oil supplies for the emerging markets of India and China.
I am driving my 1986 Honda Civic to Traverse City this weekend should get between 35 or 40 MPG. Probably drive at around 65 MPH , or maybe I'll stay home and save some gas for China not.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#357 Jul 1, 2008
robert anderson wrote:
<quoted text> I am driving my 1986 Honda Civic to Traverse City this weekend should get between 35 or 40 MPG. Probably drive at around 65 MPH , or maybe I'll stay home and save some gas for China not.
Good for you. I know my Saturn gets in the 45-55 mpg range now that I have slowed to 60-65mph and I certainly haven't been canceling any trips I want to take because of gas prices. Adjust and Adapt.
The Cheese

Ionia, MI

#358 Jul 1, 2008
neecer wrote:
<quoted text>
I personally don't have a problem with you going below the speed limit as long as you're traveling in the RIGHT HAND lane and going at least the minimum posted speed limit. When you drop below that, or decide you want to go down the road in the LEFT HAND PASSING LANE, that's where I have the issue.
There is a reason for a minimum speed to be posted on a highway. It's a danger to everyone on the road if someone travels less than that. And especially dangerous when you have semi's and larger trucks going their posted speed limit. People need to remember they can't stop on a dime.
I'm not even talking about the trucks that are flying down the highway well above their posted legal speed limit. They are a danger to EVERYONE.
You may not have a problem with it (and I do drive faster than the minimum posted limit, usually 60-65), but you're not everyone. And I stay in the right-hand lane unless I need to pass (and in the presence of other traffic, I speed up to the limit in order to pass).

Let me ask this --is it okay if I drive the 70mph speed limit in the left-hand lane in order to pass? It's amazing how many people are ticked off even by that, even though I'm going to get back over to the right once I'm done passing. I'm not talking about just you here; I have a 40-mile commute each way, five days a week, and it's amazing what low tolerance levels many people have.
The Cheese

Ionia, MI

#359 Jul 1, 2008
guitartom wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you driving like that in the left lane? If so then it's not only wrong that your going under the limit but also illegal. If your in the right lane I could care less how slow you want to go. There is no reason for drivers to be giving you dirty looks unless you are holding up the flow of traffic.
There may be no reason (read my post again, it clearly stated I was in the right-hand lane) to give me such looks; that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#360 Jul 1, 2008
guitartom wrote:
<quoted text>
No i'm not wrong. Why would you say that? The new Tahoe Hybrid gets in the low 20's for city and highway miles per gallon. Thats damn impressive when you look at how big it is and that it's still able to pull your boat or rv on the weekend. Also, yes it does have better city MPG than a 4 cylinder Camry. Also GM is not using "old Toyota technology". The Two-Mode technology GM is using is from a joint effort between GM, Chrysler and BMW. Do you actually know anything about cars or do you just spout of what other people tell you?
I question what you know about cars. The Tahoe Hybrid 4x2 is rated at 21 mpg in the city, and 20 mpg in the 4x4 version. Camry is rates at 21 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.

OK then. Let me make it very clear. That does not equal better fuel economy. Quit drinking the GM Kool Aid. They are getting passed this year by Toyota for sales in the US--- for a reason.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#361 Jul 1, 2008
Need to throw a question out. If I have a minivan that's paid for, worth about 8,000.00 according to blue book(not that I'd get that much), should I trade it in for a small car with better mileage? What do you all think? I think I get around 22-24 mpg now.
Batch 37 Pain is Good

Riverdale, MI

#362 Jul 1, 2008
mama knows wrote:
Need to throw a question out. If I have a minivan that's paid for, worth about 8,000.00 according to blue book(not that I'd get that much), should I trade it in for a small car with better mileage? What do you all think? I think I get around 22-24 mpg now.
Keep it mama. Most vehicles still only get your mileage new. If you buy a new economical vehicle, it will take a long time to pay back $27,000 + price tag. That is a lot of fuel. Unless you have to buy new, stay with what you have until real technology comes along.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#363 Jul 1, 2008
The Cheese wrote:
<quoted text>
You may not have a problem with it (and I do drive faster than the minimum posted limit, usually 60-65), but you're not everyone. And I stay in the right-hand lane unless I need to pass (and in the presence of other traffic, I speed up to the limit in order to pass).
Let me ask this --is it okay if I drive the 70mph speed limit in the left-hand lane in order to pass? It's amazing how many people are ticked off even by that, even though I'm going to get back over to the right once I'm done passing. I'm not talking about just you here; I have a 40-mile commute each way, five days a week, and it's amazing what low tolerance levels many people have.
That's OK to do only if you don't mind getting shot at by somebody who just HAS to drive 80mph LOL...
The Cheese

Loveland, CO

#364 Jul 1, 2008
mama knows wrote:
Need to throw a question out. If I have a minivan that's paid for, worth about 8,000.00 according to blue book(not that I'd get that much), should I trade it in for a small car with better mileage? What do you all think? I think I get around 22-24 mpg now.
That really depends on how many miles you put on in a year, whether most of your driving is city/highway or a mix of both, and what kind of transportation needs you have. Do you have kids? If so, how many? Do you have a need to haul around things larger than an economy car would carry more than a few times a month?

A used economy car like a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic would save you some gasoline and lower your carbon footprint, but if you're only putting on 5,000 miles a year, it won't help you a lot. On the other hand, if you're driving 25,000 miles a year, the savings will definitely add up.

If you decide to keep the van, you can save gas by not speeding (or better yet, driving 60-65 on the highway), using cruise control, keeping proper tire pressure, and keeping your van's engine well-maintained. Also, avoid sudden stops/starts as much as possible.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#365 Jul 1, 2008
mama knows wrote:
Need to throw a question out. If I have a minivan that's paid for, worth about 8,000.00 according to blue book(not that I'd get that much), should I trade it in for a small car with better mileage? What do you all think? I think I get around 22-24 mpg now.
Mama, What kind of car would you be trading it in for? If you're getting 22-24 now on a paid for vehicle, I think you would have a VERY long time to regain the money you would spend in fuel costs vs. the cost of a new, higher mileage vehicle.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#366 Jul 1, 2008
The Cheese wrote:
<quoted text>
That really depends on how many miles you put on in a year, whether most of your driving is city/highway or a mix of both, and what kind of transportation needs you have. Do you have kids? If so, how many? Do you have a need to haul around things larger than an economy car would carry more than a few times a month?
A used economy car like a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic would save you some gasoline and lower your carbon footprint, but if you're only putting on 5,000 miles a year, it won't help you a lot. On the other hand, if you're driving 25,000 miles a year, the savings will definitely add up.
If you decide to keep the van, you can save gas by not speeding (or better yet, driving 60-65 on the highway), using cruise control, keeping proper tire pressure, and keeping your van's engine well-maintained. Also, avoid sudden stops/starts as much as possible.
I agree...

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#367 Jul 1, 2008
The Cheese wrote:
<quoted text>
You may not have a problem with it (and I do drive faster than the minimum posted limit, usually 60-65), but you're not everyone. And I stay in the right-hand lane unless I need to pass (and in the presence of other traffic, I speed up to the limit in order to pass).
Let me ask this --is it okay if I drive the 70mph speed limit in the left-hand lane in order to pass? It's amazing how many people are ticked off even by that, even though I'm going to get back over to the right once I'm done passing. I'm not talking about just you here; I have a 40-mile commute each way, five days a week, and it's amazing what low tolerance levels many people have.
I commute 25 miles every day 1 way to work, so I understand your plight - really I do. I only get upset at the people who decide to stay in the left lane. You know the types.. they get on the highway at 35-45mph, don't look at cut all the way over to the left lane and then just stay there. And then they wonder why truckers are passing them left and right in the RIGHT lane.

Or the ones that are convince they only way they can drive on the highway is in the left lane, like the right lane doesn't exist except for exiting and entering the highway!

About a month ago, I had a little Prius decide that being glued to my bumper at 75mph was the place to be. Serious, he was so close to me, I couldn't tell what he was driving when I looked in my mirrors. I get over after completing my pass, and he pulls up next to me, shakes his head, points to his car and blasts off. By this time I was back down closer to 70mph. Who do you think was getting the better gas millage? The matchbox car with a hamster engine or my Windstar?

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#368 Jul 1, 2008
mama knows wrote:
Need to throw a question out. If I have a minivan that's paid for, worth about 8,000.00 according to blue book(not that I'd get that much), should I trade it in for a small car with better mileage? What do you all think? I think I get around 22-24 mpg now.
why bring another car payment into the picture?

Both of our vehicles are paid off. Neither one of us has had a car payment in over 5 years. If I have my say.. we won't ever again! We save for when we need a new car and then buy used.

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