Gas prices. Need I say more?? I was reading an article yesterday trying to understand the complexities of the gas pricing world & it's impossible. Becuase I simply cannot understand how one gas station on the road can charge $3.19, but I go 10 miles down the road & a different gas station, could even be the same type of gas station & it's charging $3.45!! How can this be?!?!? And just the fact that gas prices have risen on average, $0.53 in the past year is unfathomable to me!!! And I realized while laying in bed this morning why gas prices continue to rise. BEACUSE WE ALL KEEP BUYING IT!!!!!!!!!! Those who can afford hybrid cars or cars with higher gas mileage, just switch cars & continue to drive them just as much as they drove their gas hogs. And those who can't afford new cars, get rid of other things before they cut back on their gas. If we continue to pay the monster corporations prices, of course they're going to continue raising them because they know we'll pay & if they can put the price high enough that we'll cut back, maybe then it will make a difference.
We can't afford a new car & we can't really cut back on other things since we already do that in every capacity we can, so I have cut down my driving to two days a week, storytime on Tuesdays & Music Makers on Thursdays & if I have errands to run I do them in the same part of town where I am at or I switch my errands to be run nearer to where I'll already be. I'm sure I could do more, but these two activities Isabelle LIVES FOR, so until she's in school, I indulge her. Otherwise, we'd drive once a week if I could help it. Mark drives his car to work but takes his bike & if he has to go somewhere on post, he will ride his bike instead of driving his car around. But, believe me, if they made a bike for 1 mom & 5 kids, I would be ALL OVER THAT! Imagine the exercise I would get from biking where I need to go!!
What have you done to make a change in your driving habits?