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Thinking about it, I'm not sure we could get everyone where they need to go on public transportation.

Yes, and the cost of public transportation would increase along with fuel prices. Also, the school bus to my kids' school doesn't serve our area, and I'm not putting my kindergartner on a city bus by herself, so I'd have to ride round-trip in the morning and the afternoon to get her to and from school. I wonder how those costs would stack up against the gas it would take to fuel my car for that distance.

Like you, we have a larger car that seats 7 people despite the fact that we're a 4-person family, because we do frequently carpool. Smaller, more fuel efficient cars are great (DH has one for work), but larger cars, while less fuel efficient, do allow carpooling, so there is some trade-off there.

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Considering my dh lives 120 miles away during the work week and only comes home one day at a time, we'd pretty much never be able to see him again.  Gas is a huge killer for us right now, at $10 a gallon he would have to quit his job if he ever wanted to see his family.  

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I agree that I would stop driving my kids to school. I'd be more conscious of planning/combining errands. But as it is, I use about half of the gas that I did 5 years ago because I've cut down on unnecessary trips. So there wouldn't be much more to cut. DH works from home, so he doesn't drive much either.

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Yes, and the cost of public transportation would increase along with fuel prices. Also, the school bus to my kids' school doesn't serve our area, and I'm not putting my kindergartner on a city bus by herself, so I'd have to ride round-trip in the morning and the afternoon to get her to and from school. I wonder how those costs would stack up against the gas it would take to fuel my car for that distance.

Like you, we have a larger car that seats 7 people despite the fact that we're a 4-person family, because we do frequently carpool. Smaller, more fuel efficient cars are great (DH has one for work), but larger cars, while less fuel efficient, do allow carpooling, so there is some trade-off there.


In the $10 gas scenario, it's possible people would make arrangements with those of us with larger cars to take kids to/from school - avoid the public transportation issue for kids too young & possible also cheaper for both parties.

 

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