At $3.75 a gallon, more drivers park it

At $3.75 a gallon, more drivers park it

There are 140 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 24, 2008, titled At $3.75 a gallon, more drivers park it. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Chicago-area drivers have never seen numbers like this before: $3.75 or higher for a gallon of regular unleaded gas, leading to shocking totals such as $57.60, which is what Barry Baran of Lyons paid Wednesday ...

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WakeUp

United States

#23 Apr 24, 2008
Jahree wrote:
I love this. All these **** in their big **** SUVs will pay through their **** for gas
Everyone has to eat, how do you think food gets in front of you? Did you check food prices lately? Plus it's not about us anymore, Chinese and Indian people are trading their bikes...for cars
Frank

Chicago, IL

#24 Apr 24, 2008
Big Fan wrote:
<quoted text>GOD bless you! The small car get you to where you want to go just as well as the SUV. If more people did this the price of gas would go down due to less demand
Not for everybody - that small car isn't going to carry 1,500 lbs. of equipment for your job, if that's required.(Not very far, at least.) Now, if they can make a solid hybrid or small-displacement diesel truck, I'd be all over it, but until that option is available, there's not much way to avoid poor mileage.

I'd like to see a different license plate or something made - to differentiate between the guy carrying job-related heavy equipment in his truck or van, and the latte-sipping soccer mom driving around in her empty Cadillac Escalade. Some people need big vehicles... but a lot of the people who have them, don't need them. If you can't demonstrate a need for the big vehicle, make it less attractive to have one.

And, how about this: make people show a driver's license before you can put gas into the car you drove into the station. Keep unlicensed drivers off the road, and cut back on demand. Everybody wins!
Frank

Chicago, IL

#25 Apr 24, 2008
Frank wrote:
<quoted text>
And, how about this: make people show a driver's license before you can put gas into the car you drove into the station. Keep unlicensed drivers off the road
Interesting idea, especially for DUI offenders. Gas stations are already required to card those buying alcohol why not gas?
Dont Go In Alone

Northbrook, IL

#26 Apr 24, 2008
How do you propose my husband get a full drum kit and a complete sound system in a Prius so he can go to work? No it's not a 4-piece garage band. I guess he should turn down work, so he can keep the "monster" parked.

We don't have a choice owning what you all call a gas guzzler and my car gets parked on Friday after work and doesn't move again until Monday morning. If I can't run errands on my lunch hour or on the way home from work, it doesn't get done.
NOBODY

Chicago, IL

#27 Apr 24, 2008
Frank wrote:
<quoted text>
Not for everybody - that small car isn't going to carry 1,500 lbs. of equipment for your job, if that's required.(Not very far, at least.) Now, if they can make a solid hybrid or small-displacement diesel truck, I'd be all over it, but until that option is available, there's not much way to avoid poor mileage.
I'd like to see a different license plate or something made - to differentiate between the guy carrying job-related heavy equipment in his truck or van, and the latte-sipping soccer mom driving around in her empty Cadillac Escalade. Some people need big vehicles... but a lot of the people who have them, don't need them. If you can't demonstrate a need for the big vehicle, make it less attractive to have one.
And, how about this: make people show a driver's license before you can put gas into the car you drove into the station. Keep unlicensed drivers off the road, and cut back on demand. Everybody wins!
Showing a drivers lincese too fill up with gas is actually a good idea. Swipe it just like your credit card. This would prevent some credit card fraud as well.
GetModern

Chicago, IL

#28 Apr 24, 2008
There's a great new carpooling website at www.pacerideshare.com . You can double your gas mileage AND reduce congestion by riding together. You can also use Google maps now to find transit routes. These make it easy to find good choices.
Reality

Winter Haven, FL

#29 Apr 24, 2008
Jahree wrote:
<quoted text>You appear to be a person who feels the need to have material thing to impress the world. I bet you wear large rings and own a large house (or two). Thank you for keeping the economy going!!
Wrong. No rings--jewelry is for women. Vehicles are due to large family. About my contribution to the economy--you're welcome.
Real List

Aurora, IL

#30 Apr 24, 2008
vikram betal wrote:
Laughing all the way to work and back
I am what they call a SHO Smug Hybrid Owner. The engine stops everytime the car stops in the bumper to bumper traffic. I am on electric motor under 40 MPH.
I get 41 (no kidding) miles a gallon on my toyota camry._hybrid_. I guess this is my birdie to all the big a** SUV drivers. Suck it up, you pay for what you buy. It costs me less to drive 40 miles to work then to take metra. Good now I will have more room to drive. on Kennedy.
True, but you need to compare apples to apples...compare your Camry Hybrid to the 4-cylinder Camry model. You pay a premium (usually $4-5K) for the hybrid technology. In order to recoup the extra few thousand dollars for a hybrid, you'll have to drive your car over 100K miles.

I'm not against hybrid technology by any means and think it's the way to go for the foreseeable future and better for the environment. I'm just saying there is a cost that takes time to get back over the long run, that's all.
Joe

United States

#31 Apr 24, 2008
Dave wrote:
The problem that no one is looking at is that the larger SUV's, trucks, and to a lesser extent, large cars, don't have anywhere near the gas mileage of a compact, and those people are the ones who are driving up the cost of gas, since they're pushing demand higher. Basic economics states that as supply falls and demand rises, prices will rise, and that's exactly what we're seeing now.
Unless it is corrupted by speculation, and a weakened dollar which what has really happened. The world is flush with oil right now.
Mustafa

United States

#32 Apr 24, 2008
Jahree wrote:
I love this. All these **** in their big **** SUVs will pay through their **** for gas
So you will you, idiot. Gas costs the same no matter what you drive.
If you can afford the SUV, you can afford the gas.
Just because your a loser and all you can afford to drive is a Toyota doesn't mean you'll pay any less per gallon.
I'd need three Toyotas to haul my family around do mu SUV is way cheaper than doing that.
Maybe if you get a job someday you could afford an SUV and gas too.
John

Bethpage, NY

#33 Apr 24, 2008
If a person needs the hauling capacity for work or because they live in a rural area , then I have no issue with trucks or SUVs.

For everyone else, why do you find driving a truck (that's all an SUV is) such an attraction? That, I don't understand. I think some marketing people did a great job of making people think driving a truck in an urban area is cool.
D Chicago

Chicago, IL

#34 Apr 24, 2008
WakeUp wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone has to eat, how do you think food gets in front of you? Did you check food prices lately? Plus it's not about us anymore, Chinese and Indian people are trading their bikes...for cars
That's so true. The demand of the Chinese on these oil prices will only make it get worse. Our lack of investment in mass transmit could potentially lead to a national crisis never seen before. We see how ineffective the CTA is with low to now medium ridership. What's going to happen when gas hits $6 or 7$(or higher)a gallon? There will be a huge surge onto all mass transit services. Call me an alarmist but I used to laugh wjen peopl said gas would hit $2 or $3 a gallon.

“Thank you, come again!”

Since: Dec 07

Chi Town

#35 Apr 24, 2008
As of this morning regular fuel already costs about $4.03 at the BP on 67th and Jeffrey...
Patrick

Bolingbrook, IL

#36 Apr 24, 2008
Guys,stop at any big parking lot and take a look around.70-90% of all cars out there are SUV's. Are you seriously expecting gas prices to go down with such demand ?...
Anybody driving alone in SUV to get to work - one of the reasons for high gas prices.
Stop complaining and buy a nice Japanese fuel efficient car instead.
Spector

Chicago, IL

#37 Apr 24, 2008
Oh please! That lousy Amoco station at Ashland and Fullerton today is $4.05 for regular! Yesterday it was $3.99!

Amazing how quickly they can raise the prices, but when the price of oil falls, it takes the service stations sooooooooooo loooooooong to lower them....

If at all possible, I will not buy gasoline in the city, or Cook County anymore. I wait until I hit the collar counties to tank up. Up in North Chicago this past Sunday I paid a "bargain" price of $3.55/gal. Woo-hoo!

All this and still not a single solitary American automaker with a full-hybrid sedan like the Prius. Just disgusting. I guess my next car will be Japanese or the '09 Jetta diesel. Shame.
Spector

Chicago, IL

#38 Apr 24, 2008
Oh, and I did see my fifth Smart Car today on Ashland -- they must be getting really popular with the gas prices this bad. No wonder.
pedal power

Herculaneum, MO

#39 Apr 24, 2008
- sold my car.

- bought a bike.

- lost 20 pounds.

- total freedom from the finacial tyranny of the gas pump.

lose weight. save money. do mother nature a solid. win-win-win!
Spector

Chicago, IL

#40 Apr 24, 2008
Real List wrote:
<quoted text>
True, but you need to compare apples to apples...compare your Camry Hybrid to the 4-cylinder Camry model. You pay a premium (usually $4-5K) for the hybrid technology. In order to recoup the extra few thousand dollars for a hybrid, you'll have to drive your car over 100K miles.
I'm not against hybrid technology by any means and think it's the way to go for the foreseeable future and better for the environment. I'm just saying there is a cost that takes time to get back over the long run, that's all.
Yeah but the Camry hybrid version comes with a lot of other bells and whistles standard that are not included in the base 4-cyl model. It all depends on personal preference. I rented a Prius for a road trip and it got 45 mpg overall. It was a really great car to drive too and relatively spacious and comfortable. I'd definitely pay $20k for a base version. I'd imagine the Camry would be similar to some extent.
John

United States

#41 Apr 24, 2008
D Chicago wrote:
<quoted text>
That's so true. The demand of the Chinese on these oil prices will only make it get worse. Our lack of investment in mass transmit could potentially lead to a national crisis never seen before. We see how ineffective the CTA is with low to now medium ridership. What's going to happen when gas hits $6 or 7$(or higher)a gallon? There will be a huge surge onto all mass transit services. Call me an alarmist but I used to laugh wjen peopl said gas would hit $2 or $3 a gallon.
We had a wake-up call with the 1973 oil crisis. What was the response?
We continued to close down train lines in most of the country and reduce access to buses in most cities. We built bigger cars and trucks/SUVs. Avergage fuel economy of the vehicles on the road has actually gone DOWN, due to the size and weight of the vehicles that are being sold. Even though the technology is there to build more efficient cars, our overall consumption has skyrocketed. People live further and further from their workplaces, further from city centers - increasing the need to burn yet more fuel.
We had our warning. We could have invested in alternative energy in the 1980's and 1990's. We could have invested in public transit. We didn't. We decided instead to party on, dude. So...now the hangover comes. OPEC has us by the you-know-what, again, and this time it's a much stronger grip because of the demand going through the roof in China and India (2 BILLION people combined, and their wealth is going up, and they are buying cars like never before.) We're also faced with an enormous national debt this time around and enormous trade debt, so we don't have as much room as we did in 1973 to put off the effects.
Will we ever learn?
Arnie

Willowbrook, IL

#42 Apr 24, 2008
Jahree wrote:
I love this. All these **** in their big **** SUVs will pay through their **** for gas
You must be:

A) An oil company executive.

B) A Middle East oil producer.

C) An Illinois politician hoarding
the windfall sales tax on fuel.

D) A pompous snot-nosed jerk.

I think I'll go with "D"

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