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Memorializing Automotive Travel

Published Jul 7th 2008, 2:45pm by Patty Streeter in Featured Articles

Traffic_jam325Are you planning to take a road trip over the Fourth of July weekend? How much do you expect to spend on gas? I spent nearly $60 to fill my tank last week, a painful increase from a cost that used to hover around $20 just a few years ago. With predictions promising prices to rise as high as $5 per gallon this summer, it kinda makes you reconsider the importance of our cars, and the cost of that independence. I am sad that the days of the long family driving trips are about to become seriously impacted.

Emma over at Simply Green mused about her gas budget: "After setting a lifetime record on the amount I spent on gasoline to fill my '99 Volvo, I was prompted to consider the gas I was consuming that day, as well as how much it would cost to make the day trip I had planned for the next day. "Can I make it through the two travel days on one tank? Wow, I just filled up, and I might have to fill up again tomorrow night." Sad to say, but I was one of those who handed over my gas card, said "fill'er up please," and that was it. It was part of my regular budget, and there was no need to think about it. But the wake-up call has arrived, and we now have no choice but to think about it."

She hit the nail on the head when she said: "The wake-up call has arrived." Our friends in Europe have been facing terrible gas prices for years, and their solution has been to downsize into sporty little cars with more-efficient diesel engines. Unfortunately, Americans don't want to give up their ginormous gas-guzzling vehicles, choosing instead to drive around (most of the time) in great big vehicles filled with lots of empty space - for the sake of having the room "Just in case they need it."

She continues, saying "We are fortunate to be living during a time of great opportunity, but we don't always take full advantage of it. Let's shift out of the current gotta-have-it-NOW mindset to a what-can-I-do-with-what-I-have thinking, and even carry it over into our businesses."

Have you been impacted by the rising price of gas? How are you changing your day-to-day driving routine to accept this increase? Considering buying a hybrid? Thinking about downsizing to save fuel costs? What about outside your car? What are you doing to be more eco-friendly in general?

By Brandy Schaffels
AskPatty.com Editor

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