Have you changed your driving habits?

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This whole fuel pricing thing has had a very positive impact on my life. I can no longer afford to drive so I am therefore walking every place or riding my bicycle. This has improved my physical well being tremendously. I have lost weight which has a positive side effect of making me feel better PLUS when I do drive my car it has to work less since it's carrying less payload. This has improved the fuel economy. And... with the higher cost of fuel I am able to empty my wallet of excess cash which also has the side effect of improving my vehicle's fuel economy.

There's a silver lining to every situation. :)
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I just took the roof rack and Thule ski box off my MINI Clubman (a few weeks earlier than normal), but that’s about it. Its a pretty big MPG hit at 70+ MPH.
 
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I leave the house earlier to get to work, but there's never traffic at 2:30a. Sometimes freeway ramps are closed for work so I'll have to drive further to exit. Since I left earlier I can still cruise at a reasonable speed & be earlier to work.

When we're out & about as a fam we take my gf's Civic
 
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Have gas prices changed your driving habits yet? Making less trips? Driving slower? Buying/using a different vehicle?

No changes here - drive 75 miles highway per day to and from work, already drive at the limit bc of a speeding ticket, and rarely go out when not working, just keep myself busy at home.

Still makes $$$ sense to keep the job, and can’t afford a new/different car, so will just keep keepin’ on…how about you?
I WFH so a tank of gas lasts 8 weeks. I now thow some stbil in my tank b/c my car is parked outside. My biggest issue is keeping the battery fully charged and the car clean.
 
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This time of year I usually drive my Sierra more due to snow but so far this year we haven't had anything over a couple inches so it's been sitting more. One good thing about that is no salt on the roads (y)
 
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I use two tanks of fuel a month. $40 extra per month is not going to change my habits. (94 is $2.24/L, which works out to $6.63/US/gallon)

I did order two new secondary O2 sensors though. The primaries were already replaced last year.
 
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No. I bought my Camry instead of an SUV a year ago on purpose, knowing this would happen again someday.

I also, thankfully, finally realized why our minivan was getting dismal mileage and fixed it, just in time. Probably won’t notice a savings, as the returned mileage will wash out the $ saved at the pump.

Time to add a couple PSI to the tires, I suppose.

Funny this thread popped up, as I wondered the same thing as I went around some slower drivers today. They were also in sedans. The large SUV’s and trucks aren’t noticing the increase based on the lack of change in their driving.
 

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No change of habits here but I don't drive aggressively anyways and rarely do more than 65/70 mph on the highways unless the speed limit is higher than 70. If anything, it will make me go back to using the commuter train for the rare instances I go into the office as it works out to $5/day for using the train vs the $70 for gas + parking if I drive in.
 
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speed limit local
3-4 over speed limit HWY
Coast to a stop
No hard acceleration
use cruise cntl when i can
 
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I started a new job just in time for this Ukraine b.s. to start. As of February 8th, I take the train to work so my commute dropped from 19 mi to 7 mi. It's definitely made a difference how often I visit Exxon.
 
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My cabbage headed neighbor hasn't either. He still warms up his car every morning for 20-25 minutes before traveling five miles to work.
 
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