If and when it hits $4/gallon I, personally, am in trouble. I am a long distance commuter so I consume a lot of gasoline per month. I think I’ll freak…
$4 a Gallon Gasoline Will be Tipping Point for Most Consumers
BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — If gasoline prices
hit $4 per gallon as many economists predict, an estimated 65 percent of
American car owners say they will dramatically change their driving
behavior, according to a study commissioned by the Automotive Aftermarket
Industry Association (AAIA).
“While a third of consumers claim they already changed their driving
behavior by curtailing driving or maintaining their vehicle better when gas
prices reached $3 a gallon, the real tipping point is $4 a gallon,” said
Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO.
According to a survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for
AAIA, 91 percent of drivers are driving less and 75 percent are maintaining
their vehicle better because of rising gas prices. Other specific
behavioral changes were carpooling (31 percent), purchasing more fuel
efficient vehicles (30 percent) and making greater use of public transportation (24 percent).
For more information on the survey, e-mail Rich White at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-654-6664.
For more information on tips and advice for simple vehicle maintenance
and care to improve gas mileage, contact the Car Care Council at
AAIA is a Bethesda, Md.-based association whose more than 23,000 member
and affiliates manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts,
accessories, service, tool, equipment, materials and supplies. Through its
membership, AAIA represents more than 100,000 repair shops, parts stores
and distribution outlets.