Venting here. I am watching the news right now, and they are talking about how the gas prices in Indiana will rise about 4 cents, since the tax relief will be gone after mid-night tonigh. They showed cars from several neighboring states, with drivers trying to save 4 cents/gallon. I think people are nuts. If 4 cents a gallon is going to break the bank, and put someone on welfare, what the hell are they driving for in the first place. I always put premium in my car, and people think I am nuts, spending $.15 more per gallon. If you think about it, I pay about $1.50 more per tank of gas. An extra $3 a week isn't going to bankrupt me and force me to sell my car, and ride the bus. Hell, I pay almost $1,500 a year in car insurance to keep my Fiero and myself legal(barely). If you think about it, I pay about the same in extra for premium, as I do for one month of insurance. If I am with a friend, and they need to get gas, they check every gas station in sight, to see who has the cheapest gas, usually saving 1 cent/gallon(maybe .10 cents a tank). I never think about it, I go to shell, hit the "93" button, and I'm done. What is the thrill with buying the absolute cheapest gas available?
Posts: 451 From: Kent, Wa. USA Registered: Mar 2000
Yet these same cheapskates will go blasting by you at 85 MPH in their Ford Explorers with red-hot Firestones, getting 11 MPG and think nothing of it. Obviously the price of gas isn't high enough yet. Go figure...
Posts: 38442 From: Carrollton GA. Out in the... country. Registered: Oct 1999
I never could understand it either, fiero56. Earlier this year, when gas prices first spiked, all the local TV stations did regular features showing where the cheapest gas was. Then that station would be inundated with customers - some from as far as 30 miles away. How is it smart to drive 60 miles round-trip to save 2 bucks on a tankful of gas?
But the absolute worst gassholes are the left-wingers who claim gas is too cheap in the US and that gas taxes should be raised to force people to use public transit and bicycles. What hypocrites - half of 'em drive SUV's, fer chrissakes! Gas should cost what the free market economy determines and not a penny more (or less, for that matter).
I agree. I don't know what the big deal's about. Even though I don't buy gas, but I still think it's dumb. There's something on the news every day about the high gas prices. Now it's the cost of heating oil and gas. If they're so worried about it, switch to electric, and don't have it turned up to 90 like most of the old people do. It's stupid. Everyone craps their pants when the price goes up 3 or 4 cents. I agree with Fiero56; just don't drive and quit your complaining. If you're so worried about it, go get a Ford Festiva or a Geo Metro, or better yet, a Hybrid. It's all the soccer moms running around in their Excursions that complain the most. Even if gas does go up 5 cents, that's only about $1.25 than what they usually paid.
Posts: 4368 From: Flint, MI USA Registered: Sep 2000
The only thing that really rubs me the wrong way about the gas prices is the stupid gas tax the Canadian government added to help maintain the highways. I wouldn't mind if the money was actually going towards this, but unfortunately our roads are becoming worse and worse and they are converting quite a few of our paved roads to gravel to save money. Don't know where the gas tax money is going, but it sure ain't going to fix the roads!
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Posts: 3461 From: Mansfield,Oh,U.S. Registered: Oct 1999
Fropuf,In about 20 years reread your post and see if you still think the same way.In essence what I am saying is you are making blanket statements on some things you know nothing about.Electricity is more expensive to heat with than either gas or oil.How many older people do you know personally that keep their heat at 90 degrees?If they do they are rich(and in the minority).I pay for premium in my cars,because they are performance vehicles,and I can afford it.But what about the people that need their cars to get back and forth to work and have to use a disproportionate percentage of their income to do it.Not everyone has public transportation readily available to them.Should they keep their mouths shut and not complain?When you start to drive and money is tight maybe you'll feel the same way when fuel prices go up because you will be directly affected.One more thing.I don't remember because it was so long ago,but I probably felt the same as you when I was in high school.
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