I would stop driving kids to school. Right now I am the driver for my family and another family. D.S. does not go everyday so the driving others' to school would immediately stop. That is just about the biggest thing that would change. I already take round trips and walk when it's feasible. How about you? What would *YOU* do different?
Let’s pretend gas is $10.00 a gallon – what would you do differently?
I guess I would plan more than I do. I try to bundle errands together and be conscious about the trips I take, but I would cut down even more. For example, I may save money buying certain items when they are on sale, but a little out of the way. When you factor in a much higher gas price, those savings might be negated. I already do a fair bit of online shopping, which helps!
We are in the process of buying a small home located near my children's schools, downtown, and with excellent free public transportation. I am not buying specially for gas prices but for the ability for my family to more easily be able to walk, bike, or catch the bus where we need to go. We could get almost everywhere we need be to without getting in my car. We are majorly downsizing to pull this off. 6 of us in 1200sq ft... but after years off living farther away to have a larger house and then living in my car instead of in the house, I'm willing to do it.
We don't send our kids to our neighborhood school, so we would still have to drive (3 miles one way) to school. Right now I make 3 separate trips (drop off both kids, pick up DD after kinder, then pick up DS), so I would probably just wait the 2 hours between kinder pick-up and upper-grade pick-up to save one trip.
When we bought our current home, a big priority for us was buying in the town center so that everything would be walkable. So we could (and already do, sometimes) walk or bike to the grocery store, the library, restaurants, etc.
All that said, our town is pretty small, so at least once a week we go to a larger town nearby. That would probably become a once a month trip if gas were prohibitively expensive.
I wouldn't change much. We don't really drive all that much, and the cost of switching to public transit would balance out the gas price (transit prices would also go up, and for short trips wiht a lot of people, driving is cheaper). Gas is about half that now, so I'd probably just end up spending more. I may make slightly fewer trips to the grocery store for only a few items, but I don't do a lot of that, as a rule, anyway.
I cross town to get to work. It's only 20 miles but takes 40 minutes. By bus and train, it's almost 2 hours and I have to walk the last 3/4 mile. I am not sure I would do it, even if gas cost that much. I would probably cut off all my other driving and keep driving to work. We'd probably always walk to the grocery store and library, carpool to church, and give ourselves more time for other errands so we could take the trains or bus. I already have a yearly pass for public transportation from my university, and I hardly use it...
We wouldn't do much differently either. My kids homeschool, dh works less than 10 miles from home. I do drive for activities. I expect that I would try to be better at planning, and combine the activity trips with errands en route. Also, there is another homeschooling family that lives close to us. I think we would start carpooling to the activities that we both go to. I do drive a gas hog, but I really make use of carpooling for dance/theater so most the time we have butts in nearly all the seats. I appreciate the free time that carpooling gives me (I only drive half as much) and so I don't think I would change cars just yet. Especially since if the price of gas went that high, it would be really hard to sell my beast.
I didn't think of that, but this is probably something we would do for DP, too.
i think the thought is coming into play these days. esp. in California the latest budget is going ahead with the high speed rail process even though the details have not been ironed out yet. but its not something that will happen overnight. but the thought IS there.
They're actually quite a bit more expensive, so it's not purely a financial argument, but maybe used ones are a less expensive option now that they've been around for a while (I haven't checked). I just do kid-related runs around town and some errands, but DH has to commute 30-40 minutes each way every weekday. His car is small and relatively efficient, but not hybrid level.
That's good! It's not really an issue that I hear much about in the Midwest. We do have MegaBus, though, and at least that's sharing a (pretty comfortable, affordable) ride. I actually took MegaBus once, and it ended up being less expensive than filling the tank of my own car to get where I needed to go.
I'd definitely bundle errands that we do by car, or share the trip with another family. We can walk to the local grocery with a sled or a wagon. I'd probably join the bulk food buying club we have locally, to get the things I'd normally buy out of the bulk bins at the food co-op (which is a 25 mile round trip). We'd definitely limit road trips. We'd need to grow more food too. We live in an area with very limited public transportation, so this isn't really a great option for activities. Hm, now my wheels are turning about this idea...
Here in Germany gas at its recent cheapest was about $8/gallon (€1.50 / liter). And around 80% of that price is tax, which is there partially to dissuade people from driving. I take my bike (fitted with child seat so I can take my son with me or use it to take him to/from preschool) when the weather allows, which it often doesn't. I take the train into the city but quite frankly that is more to avoid traffic and high parking prices although of course saving on gas is also a factor. I also make my trips with the car to do more than one thing per trip if possible. But I have to say, I only got a car about a year ago and it's amazing how quickly and easily I've adapted...or in other words become dependent or addicted to using it. It's embarrassing actually.
I know what you mean! I didn't get a car of my own until I was 18, and I lived close enough to my high school and college (about a mile) that I just walked to school every day, then walked another couple of miles to work after school, and then my mom picked me up after work.
I enjoyed walking, and totally thought that even after I got a car I'd continue walking most of the time, but nope, once I had a car all of a sudden I "had" to drive because I had to much to carry, or the weather was bad, or zillions of other reasons that had never stopped me before.