It seems Americans have a new pain point when it comes to filling up their SUVs, and it happens whenever it costs more than $100 to fill a tank with gas.
According to this article, $100 for a Tank of Gas?, many SUV and truck owners are now doing more frequent partial fills simply to avoid a three-digit price tag at the gas pump.
From the article:
Hummer clubs are hurting, too. In Nebraska, Ric Hines of the Omaha Hummer Owner Group — known as Omahog — stopped doing off-road trips this summer and started riding his recumbent bicycle instead.
Frankly, I think this is a real example of positive change.
Far more good comes from riding a bike than from off-roading in a gas hog.
And $4-a-gallon gas forces people to analyze the miles they’re driving and why — instead of just driving anywhere, anytime on a whim.
Unfortunately, not everybody has a clue. Again, quoting from the article:
Colleen Hammond of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, loves packing her three kids and all their soccer gear into her 2000 GMC Yukon XL. But she hates paying $160 to fill the 38.5-gallon tank. Last month, she parked the Yukon in her driveway and borrowed her friend’s Toyota Land Cruiser.
“I don’t know if it gets better gas mileage, but I like her car because it costs $100 to fill it,” said Ms. Hammond, 40. “I think $100 for a tank of gas is cheap now.”
Riding a bike instead of driving a Hummer = good decision.
Driving a Toyota Land Cruiser instead of a GMC Yukon XL = stupid.
I’d recommend SUV owners swap for more fuel-efficient sedans. Unfortunately, it’s extremely difficult to sell or trade SUVs right now. So a better option may be to simply drive less.
Your thoughts, dear reader? Leave a comment below.
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