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04-04-08, 02:05 PM #1
Have fuel prices affected your personal life or work??
So far it has not affected my work. Our Agency has had to go to the Legislation and request more money for gasoline and we have been obliged so far.
My personal habits have changed quite a bit due to higher fuel costs. I have drastically reduced the miles I drive to/from anywhere. I don't go see my Mom or my daughter as often as I used to. It used to be fun to jump in my truck and go for a drive out in the country or go see relatives.
It stinks having to pay the high prices for gas. My vacation will be limited this year as well.....To be a good Law Enforcement Officer you MUST know the law!
04-04-08, 02:06 PM #2
I don't have a car, so fuel prices haven't affected me.
04-04-08, 02:15 PM #3
My heart bleeds!
It's over $2 a litre here, I think it works out at a round $8 a US gallon.
You are going to have to get yourself out of your truck and into one of these little beauties.
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04-04-08, 02:41 PM #4The Swamp Mafia -"Heaven doesn't want us,and Hell's afraid we'll take over!!".
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04-04-08, 03:17 PM #6
I don't take trips to see my brother anymore, and when I head to the city that's an hour away I make sure that I have everything I want to do plotted out for maximum efficiency.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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04-04-08, 03:44 PM #7
I fill up the Ford Excursion XL at least three times a week, and leave it idling 24/7....
Hell no.. I commute 3.5 miles to jail every day. and that is about it.. one tank lasts me almost a month.. woohoo
04-04-08, 04:42 PM #8
Since I got my takehome about a year ago, I only drive my truck (Ford F-150 V6) 60 miles a week (doing off-duty work as a courier). We're allowed to take our cars anywhere in the city, which is nice for errands. These days, I fill the truck up about once every 2 months or so. For all other driving, we take the wife's Volkswagon Jetta, which gets about 25 mpg. Her work commute is about 30 miles round trip per day...it would be nice if gas were cheaper, but Motorwaycop's right..it could be a hell of a lot worse! We're probably going to seriously look at hybrids when we're in the market for a new vehicle in the next 3 or 4 years (for both the pocketbook and the environmental aspects, Jenna!).
04-04-08, 04:47 PM #9
04-04-08, 06:11 PM #10
My wife and I are now scooter riders. I drive 12 miles to work and she drives 5. Once the weather is warmer we will be riding our new Honda Ruckus scooters everyday. I usually drive surface streets at 30-40 mph anyway, so why not drive a scooter and get 70mpg? Besides, I love getting laughed at and then laughing when I pass a gas station!
We also get to spend time riding together and going to places I am too cheap to drive to.
Yes Hannibal, that was us that rode through the parking lot near your store the other day. I was showing her where she would soon be able to go buy me presents!Insert witty comment and disclaimer here.
04-04-08, 07:39 PM #11
Hasn't affected me, yet. My agency has more money than God, so they haven't told us to not idle squads either. I have a 34 mile round trip ride to work that's all freeway and no rush hour. The only thing the high gas prices may do is affect how far from work I buy my first house in the next couple months. I'd love to be about 45 minutes away (based on the current available homes and prices), but will probably have to settle for no more than 20-30 minutes.The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
04-04-08, 08:06 PM #12
Thank goodness for take homes!My truck is in the driveway ,when I crank it the low fuel light will come on.Hell till 6 months ago I didn't know it HAD a low fuel light.
04-04-08, 08:09 PM #13
04-04-08, 09:41 PM #14
Our dept. has not mandated any changes yet, for home life, SUV is basically parked, car is used all the time instead, noticed a big save already on not driving the SUV. Now we just have to work on the Mrs. spendingSomebody Please, what the hell is that smell?
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04-05-08, 12:28 AM #15
I have a 80 mile round trip commute to my regular job and have been in a vanpool for a few years now. I also have a couple of paper routes for supplemental income. If I can make the vanpool everyday then I only fill up once a week or so. Other than that and the occasional shopping trip, thats about the only driving I do anymore. With gasoline at $3.50 a gallon here in CA, I can't afford to go much of anyplace else.
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04-05-08, 12:34 AM #16
Gas prices suck! Costs me almost $90 to fill my SUV. Lasts me one week. I don't complain though, cuz I pay more per gallon for my coffee at Starbucks than I do for gas**********************
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04-05-08, 12:41 AM #18
As many of you know, I am in the air freight/courier business, and the gas prices are starting to affect my IC's and customers.
My fuel surcharge is at 25% for vans and 30% for bob tails.
On Sundays I do a route for beer money so I have to fill up twice a week at a cost of around 60 bucks a pop.
Business has been slowing down as more freight is getting put on line hauls instead of being hot shotted.dlefdal said:
Ummmm, what if I don't like thumbs in my butt?
04-05-08, 02:00 AM #19
It has affected my pocketbook in a minor way...an annoyance really.
A couple years ago when i bought my Malibu (chick car!), I REALLY wanted a Trailblazer....bad. Common sense won out, and since I have no sense of shame, it wasn't a big deal. 15-20 mpg savings over the course of a couple years matter big time.
My friends fill their trucks up for $80 and bitch (even though they bought them a year ago), and I put $30 in my Malibu....--
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04-05-08, 02:18 AM #20
Gas prices have not affected me yet...at least in the vehicle situation mav, I know it all trickles down. I am holding out till the price hits $3.50 a gallon, then I am going to trade the Exploder in on a Tahoe or Yukon, used because I hate the new smooth body styles. Figure at $3.50 the price should come down. Way I see it, much like motorway said, it could be a bunch worse, and at 6', 235lbs, I really dont want to drive a sardine can, and its worth the extra cash for fuel for me to ride and glide in style.500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.
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