Instead of filling up, people just letting their cars run out of gas now
As humans, we’re not perfect. We like Fast Five. We still like Chris Brown. We know we’ve got a long way to go.
Yet we also know what’s right and what’s wrong, and when gas prices get this high – around $1.33 per litre by the latest count – we make a stand.
Of course, and back goes the pendulum, here we are again at this post’s first point. According to Philly.com, consumers are putting their foot down against fuel prices now, but in the most groan-worthy human way possible: we’re simply just letting our cars run out of gas.
Apparently, it’s true. By the estimate of AAA MidAtlantic, which covers New Jersey to Virginia, calls from members who have run out of gas roadside were up 20 per cent over April, 2010. A local highway gas station also tells Philly.com encounters with vehicles that have run empty are up 10 to 15 per cent since February.
By the numbers, that’s a period when the price of gas jumped more than 75 cents over three months in the U.S., a place where people will do whatever they can to avoid filling up.
In this case, it appears, drivers are choosing to run out of gas instead of paying at the pumps – a decidedly stubborn approach given that, you know, such behaviour can lead to a few hundred bucks in engine and fuel system repairs down the road. Before, if you’ll remember, people were literally praying for gas prices to come down.
So laugh if you must at our foibles and flawed human reasoning, but these high gas prices are beginning to have a very serious effect on consumers’ rationale.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the soaring price of oil is getting to the “breaking point” where Canadians will a) reconsider what cars they consider for purchase based on fuel efficiency, and b) re-evaluate their driving patterns.
Have you, though?
Have high gas prices changed the way you drive, whether it’s frequency of using your car, new vehicles you eye for purchase or, yes, running around after that gas light has been on for a little longer than you normally would?
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
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Posted by: Jack | May 5, 2021 4:26:00 PM
No, the high gas prices have not changed how I drive, nor how frequently I drive, nor what type of vehicle that I would consider buying if the need arose. Most of all, I would not be stupid enough to run out of gas.
Posted by: William | May 5, 2021 4:37:16 PM
I have only one word to say ..... Idiocracy!
Posted by: Darrell | May 6, 2021 5:41:11 AM
Gas prices have most definitely changed the way I drive, and if they continue to rise they would most definitely be a consideration for me when choosing a new vehicle. That being said, I have never once let my car run out of gas... I simply only buy as much gas as I require for my personal needs. My guess is that people like Jack above have more "disposable" income, or simply don't mind dipping into money they would spend elsewhere to maintain their driving habits.
Posted by: Frank | May 6, 2021 8:34:38 AM
I agree with Jack. I drive a full size F150 and will continue driving my truck until I die. If we give in to gas prices and any other inflationary price, we are being controlled like lab rats.
Posted by: Troy Jollimore | May 6, 2021 8:39:03 AM
It must be nice to have the money, Jack, but people like you are the reason the oil companies have no qualms about raising prices while declaring record profits each year.
Myself, I don't change when and where I drive, but I tend to drive more slowly on highway trips unless I really need to get there in a certain amount of time. I've also almost permanently shelved my dream of one day owning a nice sports car or anything with a V8. The price of gas isn't 'outlandish' yet, but I remember when $0.50 a litre was considered expensive...
Posted by: Nora | May 6, 2021 9:07:03 AM
I sold my car and will not be purchasing another. It was - do I want to have heat and hot water in my home or drive. I now take public transit or walk. If I do need a car one day or for a weekend, I rent. I have changed my daily routine to make due. When I first bought my car gas was 70% less than it is now in Canada. I just could no longer validate having one.
Posted by: sjrw11 | May 6, 2021 9:15:43 AM
Just started using an electric scooter for local errands. Clean and quiet, and "fuel" costs 2.8 cents per Km( this includes battery replacement costs). That compares to 9 cents a Km for the car. It won't save a lot of money over the summer, but it sure gives me some satisfaction!
Posted by: D | May 6, 2021 9:32:34 AM
I hope gas goes to five bucks a litre!! Should take care of most of the traffic and lower emissions considerably :)
Posted by: PK | May 6, 2021 10:25:54 AM
my fear is that soon I will not be able to afford to drive to work and yet I cannot pay my bills without working.
Posted by: PK | May 6, 2021 10:27:36 AM
we don't have the transportation system here that allows me to take alternative transportation. Ride share has not worked-no one going there vaguely on my schedule I guess and soon I won't be able to afford to go to work and then I won't be able to pay any bills
Posted by: KS | May 6, 2021 10:33:30 AM
I drive a "gas guzzler" but since I only drive 10 km a day I don't find the rise in gas prices affects me too much. That is why I choose to work close to home.
Posted by: redman | May 6, 2021 10:39:57 AM
hay people don,t blame the gas company for its not here falt we build tons of cars every day and we keep buying them more cars more gas more money we should be telling those car builders to get out some of those cars that get 100 miles to a gallon you know those people who made carbs for your cars motor bac in the 1960 to 1970 times and thosemotors were get big v eigths if we said build them or stick them up you know where believe me they would build them you know why they don,t build them money your money in the big boys pockets so if you run out of gas they know you are going to buy more so wake up and lets make it count stop buying the cars untill they make caes that get good gas miles per gallon or keep getting hosed you know you like it
Posted by: SP | May 6, 2021 10:58:03 AM
The price of Gas hasn't changed how I drive or what I drive. I still drive a big safe car and I keep it full. That said, I moved close to work and I fly out for most of my vacations so even the steep increase in fuel cost went largely unnoticed for me.
We are just at a point in history similar to the point before the end of Standard Oil, except this time instead of a Monopoly we have an Oligopoly. It is just a shame that the Government won't implement a fuel extraction tax on our countries fuel resources to help the tax paying citizens like some middle eastern countries help their people.
Posted by: Donna | May 6, 2021 11:04:16 AM
Supply and demand. Lower demand = lower cost. Stop driving to the corner store and start walking more folks. We have become way too dependent on our four wheeled crutches and the oil companies know it. We don't just use our cars to get to work. We use them to get EVERYWHERE! I park my vehicle in the garage and have reduced my vehicle use by over 80%. I walk and use public transportation and have saved a ton of money between gas costs, parking costs and reduced maintenance costs. I only use my vehicle now when I want to go out of town on occassion. The oil companies can kiss my a$$...I won't be their slave and I sure as heck won't look to the government to solve the price fixing. Higher prices = higher tax revenue. Why should our government want to stop the shake down? Consumers have to step up and change their behaviours.
Posted by: Albertan | May 6, 2021 11:12:55 AM
Fuel Extraction Tax? Why don't you just say what you really mean. You want Alberta (the only "have province) to pay your way more so than we already do. It doesn't matter that as an individual in Alberta I already pay (on average per citizen) $2,600 more in transfer payments to the federal government than we get back, you want that to be increased. Resources are provincially regulated so the Feds can't touch them.
Many of us in the west remember the NEP and will NEVER let that happen again. Ontairo will freeze and starve in the dark first.
Posted by: D | May 6, 2021 11:49:59 AM
Perhaps Iggy, Layton and Duceppe should get together and force anoth.....oh wait a minute, they tried that didn't they? BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Posted by: SP | May 6, 2021 11:53:20 AM
Re Albertan... Alberta is not the only source of fuel in the country now, or will be in the future. Oil also is not the only source of fuel and fuels are found all across the country as is the damage caused by the extraction and use of said fuels. When oil was below $30/barrel Alberta was happy for the help from Ontario, however this is besides the point. You and virtually every other Canadian would benefit from such a program and the only people who wouldn't benefit would never suffer a day from the negative effects of fuel extraction (be it Uranium, oil, Natural gas, Coal, etc, etc, etc). I'm not going to say that everyone living chest deep in the oil patch is short sighted but you are not showing much foresight for someone who should be able to see the environmental effects first hand.
Posted by: Jim | May 6, 2021 11:56:37 AM
I have no sympathy for people who complain about gas prices when they choose to drive gas guzzling cars and SUVs. There are more fuel efficient options if you want a gasoline-powered vehicle. As long as consumers are stupid enought to buy gas sucking vehicles, there is less incentive for automobile manufacturers to increase their fuel efficient product line. Perhaps we will think differently and our habits will change when gas exceeds $3/litre. One can only hope. And then maybe we'll see more cars like they have in Europe.
Posted by: binder dundat | May 6, 2021 11:57:51 AM
High gas prices are good, too many vehicles on the road with incompetent drivers at the wheel. Cutting down on traffic is a wonderful thing.
Posted by: ken | May 6, 2021 11:59:13 AM
when the oil companys have a profit of 11 billion bucks I know there is a problem