It's Memorial Day weekend, which marks the beginning of the driving season, and gas prices have topped $3.75 per gallon. And yet the question remains, will the dramatic increase in the price of gas, combined with concern about global warming, actually affect people's driving habits?
It certainly seems to be affecting their web habits. Friends of mine who run sites focused on green cars (ecomodder) and oil prices (theoildrum) have both reported huge spikes in traffic in recent weeks.
Many people want to know how to green their current car is. Ecomodder suggests buying a real-time mileage gauge so you can keep track of how your driving habits affect your efficiency, and gives tips on how to drive more efficiently.
TheOilDrum sees no end in sight. Prices may drop some from yet-to-come summer highs. But, even if there is a temporary drop, demand outside the U.S. will continue to increase until some alternative to gas is developed.
Carectomy, on the other hand, offers the solution of not owning a car at all, and renting (preferably a hybrid) on days when you need to make long trips. Not having a car is certainly the easiest way to save gas.
But if you really need to drive this weekend, enjoy it while you can. Already 35% of families with children are planning to alter their Memorial Day plans because of gas price increases. While this is a good thing for the environment, I can't help but wish that something besides prices were helping people make these decisions.
Meanwhile, flying is getting more expensive as well. The price of jet fuel has increased 95% in the last year. As a result, airlines have increased prices 11 times in the last year, and American Airlines has reduced flight capacity by 12%.
The world is changing, there is no doubt about it. I hope that people can find some way to enjoy their Memorial Day without spending it in cars or on planes. Enjoy where you are, have a nice relaxed weekend - without traffic or long lines at security checkpoints. Maybe a nice long weekend at home isn't so bad after all.
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