Here’s some anecdotal evidence that high gas prices are forcing locals to start making more economical decisions. See examples below:
Long commutes get worse
Thursday, March 13, 2008 3:33 AM
By Mary Beth Lane and Randy Ludlow
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Commuters who roll up major mileage between home and work are burning an ever-larger portion of their paychecks in their gas tanks.
Record gasoline prices of about $3.45 a gallon are hitting home hardest among those who drive long distances to earn a buck.
…Martin is trying to realign his work schedule so he can ride with his brother and sister-in-law, who work at the same distribution center. Since nothing is close to their home near McArthur, Martin’s wife, Nicki, tries to cram in multiple errands when driving to Jackson.
…Since nothing is close to their home near McArthur, Martin’s wife, Nicki, tries to cram in multiple errands when driving to Jackson.
“I have to make sure that if I am going to the doctor, I will get groceries as well,” Mrs. Martin said. “I can’t afford to make two trips to Jackson.”
…He bought a 1997 Honda Accord that gets 32 miles to the gallon to replace a Land Rover that got only 14 miles per gallon of premium gas.
…But his budget will be getting a break. He soon will be allowed to work from home two to four days a week. “That is tremendous, not only for financial reasons, but for time and employee-work life balance. That will be a big relief.”