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Hybrid Car Review: Over 90 Percent of Americans Are Changing the Way They Live Because of High Gas Prices

Monday, June 30, 2008

Over 90 Percent of Americans Are Changing the Way They Live Because of High Gas Prices

Even as oil prices reach a new high, it seems everyone wants to know how these huge changes are affecting US drivers. Mapquest hired a third party surveyor to conduct a survey on how gas prices were affecting their lives. 92% responded that gas prices were already forcing lifestyle changes.

MapQuest collaborated with DMS Research to conduct the survey. A National sample of 1,001 Internet users (age 18+). Interviews were collected from June 5 - 11, 2008.

High Gas Prices are Forcing a Change in Every Day Life
63% said gas prices are already having a significant impact on their life.
80% are forfeiting day-to-day activities and changing their spending habits62% are eating out less
46% are shopping less, enjoying less entertainment or going to coffee houses

High Gas Prices are Forcing People to Drive Differently 
82% are making a conscious effort to drive less
57% are planning routes more carefully
31% are only filling gas tanks partially
24% are walking or biking more
24% are turning to the internet to search for cheap gas prices

Americans Are Going Into Debt to Fill Up
76% say gas purchases are increasing their overall debt

Travel Plans Are Being Changed
58% are the most concerned with cost of gas vs airplane ticket fare.66% of consumers say gas prices have caused them to alter vacation plans
34% have canceled vacation plans altogether
37% are opting to take shorter road trips

Feeling the Heat
27% feel oil companies are to blame for continually rising prices
13% feel the federal government is the cause
78% feel the federal government should step in and set limits on gas prices

All in all, not a pretty picture.  No wonder hybrid cars and more fuel efficient cars are in such high demand while trucks and larger SUVs suffer.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Those are powerful statistics and something needs to be done about them. Along with buying a hybrid car, if a large group of people can come together we can all boycott one major provider.

I’m part of a campaign to boycott Exxon Mobil, the current leader in profits during this energy crisis. It is hosted on The Point, a new social action website. Check it out here https://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/send-a-message-to-the-oil-companies/overview

Hopefully, we can all do something about this terrible injustice

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