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Conflicting Messages: Gas Prices & What to Drive When

Today I saw a sticker that said “Gas Prices Are Too High”. Simple & to the point; however this wonderful little sticker was adhered to a large Tundra pick up truck. The Tundra was not hauling anything, and from the look of it’s bed, it hasn’t been used for hauling anything that would necessitate the need for a pickup or any truck of any sort.

Here’s the issue. The gentleman acknowledges the gas prices are too high, and instead of driving a smaller vehicle to get from point A to point B, he’s driving his big Tundra pickup. Now, don’t get me wrong I absolutely adore and love big, giant pickups. For me the dream is a Dodge Ram 3500 dual cab with full 8foot bed; and I can definitely appreciate the truck lover wanting to drive his truck. However, if the gas price is high enough that you’re putting the above sticker on your beloved pickup; logic would dictate that unless you’re hauling a major load that absolutely cannot be handled by a smaller car, then you should not be driving said pickup truck.

Here’s the way I see it. If you can only afford one vehicle, buy the car. You can have items that won’t fit in it delivered; some charge a delivery fee & others don’t. In the long run, you’ll save a lot of money on gas, and you don’t have to lug that brand new TV or appliance across the lawn & up the stairs into your home. If you’re one of the lucky ones that can afford more than one vehicle, try using each one for what they were built for. Let’s say for instance you’re just going to work, use the smallest vehicle. If you’re parents of a child(ren) and need more room, try the old fashioned type station wagon(they’re a whole lot cooler that what they used to be), then the mini-van. Use your pickups for hauling & construction/landscaping-type jobs.

We all know that gas is too high. We all know that we’re constantly on the receiving end of the excuses behind the outrageous prices at the pump. Many of us do what we can to save money & save fuel. Both actually help the environment.

I’m done with the soap box>>>> who’s next???

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