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Old 06-12-2008, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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How many here are still doing their senior/college road trips this year? Is this American pastime of young friends travelling cross country during the summer fading now that it costs nearly 5 times as much as it did just 4 years ago?
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
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How many here are still doing their senior/college road trips this year? Is this American pastime of young friends travelling cross country during the summer fading now that it costs nearly 5 times as much as it did just 4 years ago?
If they can afford spring break and booze, they can afford a road trip.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Gas was $0.80 a gallon four years ago? Where was I?
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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How many here are still doing their senior/college road trips this year? Is this American pastime of young friends travelling cross country during the summer fading now that it costs nearly 5 times as much as it did just 4 years ago?
They don't cost that much more now.

Gas now = $4.07 average
Gas 4 years ago (2004) = about $1.80 / gallon

Say you go on a 3,000 mile, 2-week, trip, with three people, in a 25 mpg vehicle.
120 gallons * 1.80 = $216 / 3 = $72 / person
120 gallons * 4.07 = $488 / 3 = $163 / person

BUT usually on a road trip there's more than gas. If you spend $75 / day / person on hotel rooms, food, attractions, etc., the total cost is

2004: $1,050 + $72 = $1,122
2008: $1,050 + $163 = $1,213

Not exactly a 5x difference
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:51 PM
 
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Motels and food have also gone up but I get your point.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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I'm still planning to do a road trip with my kids this summer. One thing I am planning to do, though, is to camp more and stay in hotels/motels less, and to eat out less often. That should more than make up for the difference in gas prices. Since I have property in Wyoming where I am planning to camp for a few days on that trip, I won't even have to pay for a camp site for several nights.
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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Wtih airline tickets getting so high I thnik alot more peole will be driving on trips. But I see shorter distances closer to home than in the past.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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It was just on the news tonight. Americans have traveled 30 billion less miles then last year at this time. Dont ask me how they can figure this out but we all know it is less....way less.

People are staying closer to home. People are driving slower.

What this all means is billions less dollars going to the govt coffers due to less gas taxes collected from us. Hundreds of millions less dollars are going into the oinkers coffers because driving slower equals less speeding tickets.

But will slower speeds make for less accidents thereby lowering our insurance costs? I doubt it.

Either way some very large tax hikes are being talked about to make up for the loss of federal and state gas taxes.

For every less gallon of gas we use, the feds get 18.4 cents less into their coffers. For every less gallon of gas we use the states get up to 33 cents less. And all these slower speeds puts less into the Municapal and local city coffers by less speeding tickets.
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