Gas Prices Push Some To Drive Less, Others Keep On Truckin’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It seems it took $4 per gallon of gas to get more people to start looking for other ways to get around.

“I don’t like the price of gas, I know that,” said a guy pumping gas at Bobby’s and Steve’s in Minneapolis.

He’s not the only one.

The price is high enough right now that a new poll shows 55 percent of Americans are now changing how much they drive. The higher price tag also means a lot of people are finding new ways to cut costs.

“I’m trying not to go extra places. Like no cruising just for the fun of it … cause it cost too much,” said one lady at a gas station.

Kija Humphrey, a mother of three teenagers, said she’s “trying to stop running the kids around all the time.”

“I make quick trips, so I’m using a lot of gas just doing that,” said Humphrey. “But once it gets warmer — bike.”

Those quick trips can really hurt your wallet. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer, multi-purpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.

Long trips can of course have an impact too.

“I’m on my way to New York right now,” said one driver, who didn’t want to give his name.

He’s driving 1,400 miles and he said it’s going to cost him about $240 but he’s not letting that slow him down.

“You got to pay for it. Things still got to roll. The vehicles have still got to continue to roll no matter what the price of gas is. The big wigs (are) controlling it,” he said.

WCCO-TV also found some frustrated fuel users on Facebook.

Some said that they do more biking, curse when they fill up at the pumps, and even use their parents’ car as much as possible to save on fuel.

According to the latest survey, the people who are driving less make about $50,000 or less a year.

Drivers point to the violence in the Middle East or the oil companies for the high gas prices.

  • Mark

    A friend and I started ride sharing from Monticello to minneapolis since Jan 1st. This has help save a few bucks. Also we drive slower on the freeways.

    • Rusty Shackelford

      THIS is why I see so many foreign cars going so slow, you are just frugal cheapskates. You are a loser if you cannot afford gasoline. Keep voting in non-citizens you socialist bum.

      • Safe driver in land of Rusty jerks

        If you call driving the speed limit slow, I don’t see what the problem is. Let me guess. You are one of the jerks honking at me, giving me the finger, riding so close I can’t see your headlights and sometimes I can’t even see your hood. Then, you blast by me like I am sitting still, cut me off, and roar off. Where are the police when you want them?

        • Dale Gribble

          Exactly!! But we are the “fools” in the eyes of these maniacs!! Never a cop around….actually watch out for the po-po, they tend to tailgate while talking on their cell phones!

  • Sick of It

    Big Oil greed coupled with greedy speculators are causing this nothing more. Some A holes are playing poker at a table with OUR chips. Everybody is guilty including the government. The only ones who are not are working class that have no choice and are falling behind more and more everyday. Demand has gone down, plenty of supply so that argument goes right out the window.

    • Norman

      the devalued dollor is the primary cause. When the fed infused billions of dollars a few months back the dollar value went down, and because oil is traded on the world market, it cost a lot more money. This is primarly the governments fault.

      • pj

        Norman, Agreed you are 100% dead–on.

    • Libby

      Rusty, you need to see a psychiatrist before you hurt someone.

    • trebor

      I take the bus so I don’t have to put up with clowns like you dip stick.

  • Melvin

    Umm google peak oil, oil is running out. Sorry but life as we know it is changing and its deffenetly not going to get any better from here. We should have started switching to alternatives about 75 years ago. Now its to late. There is not even enough oil left to make a change.

    • Wayne

      Wrong Mel, we just have to drill.

      • Melvin

        You can drill but if there is no oil then the drilling is probably pointless.

  • bob

    Do you want to find Minnesota greed. Check prices on gas buddy. All the following about 50 cents less Tx,Ok, KS. IOWA MISSOURI. Who’s cooking the prices here?

  • Bob Moffitt

    What’s the price on E85 at Bobby & Steve’s? At the Holiday stations, it’s 70 cents less per gallon than gasoline.

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