A Consequence of High Gas Prices
Okay, so we know that gas prices have finally gotten high enough to force motorists to drive less and purchase smaller, more efficient vehicles. However, a story in the NY Times points out that there is another, more surprising, consequence of high gas prices: more drivers are running out of gas. In fact, AAA reports that in the Mid-Atlantic region there has been "a 14 percent increase in out-of-gas calls from May 1 to June 12 this year, compared with the same period last year." So what's the relationship between gas prices and stranded motorists? Apparently, people reason that if they can just squeeze those last few miles out of the tank to get home, then perhaps gas prices will have gone down by the next day. Another explanation is that many simply can't afford the high cost of a full tank of gas, and are thus forced to buy as much gas as they can until they get their next paycheck.
Better Options for Motorists Running Out of Gas
According to a spokesman for AAA Northern California, "people are just trying to squeeze the most they can out of a gallon." Well, here at Treehugger we believe that there are better ways to get more miles out of a gallon, such as hypermiling, purchasing a more efficient vehicle, carpooling, cycling or taking public transit. And unless there is some law of physics we are not aware of, driving a car until it completely runs out of gas isn't getting more miles out of a gallon, nor is it a way to save time and money, especially if you end up stranded on the side of the road waiting for AAA! What's more, "if running low on gas is bad, running out of gas is worse because it can overheat the fuel pump." Bottom line: there are lots of ways to cope with gas prices, and this simply isn't one of them!
Via: ::NY Times
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