Friday, May 19, 2006
Aren't we changing our driving habits because of fuel prices?
A lot of recent reports online and in the mainstream media are saying that despite the rising cost of gasoline people don't seem to be changing their driving habits. And I was discussing this with one of my co-workers. Well we both agree that's bunk. I mean I changed what kind of car I was going to buy, because of the fuel price increases. And both of us have switched to more economical cars to commute to work in.
We can't be the only ones. My friend also drives a V6 compact truck and switched to his other car the PT Cruiser pictured here. I'm sure many people are taking fuel prices into considration while deciding what new car to buy. It's easy for urbanites to change their "driving habits," all they have to do is not take that country drive on the weekend. But for many of us, you have to do the same driving all the time, going to work or food shopping. The difference is what we will drive.
I'm considering vacation options, and most are driving vacations. Why if gasoline prices are rising? Well simple, because air fares are rising also. So while the press doesn't see the change, I'm sure it's there. Besides, what do most of these journalist or pundits know about everyday life, being isolated in mostly urban lives. Middle America or even suburban New York needs to drive, it's not an option. The option will be what we drive.