Sure is a lot less SUV's on the road
I live next to Dalton Ga, A mill town, where most the people are paid slave labor wages.
A lot fewer cars altogether, Even fewer SUV's. Most the big trucks I saw this morning were companies.
I guess the large prices are biting them, worrying about the Winter fuel bills.
alot less cars on the road all together. i know i dont drive as much as i used to. i make it in one trip if i can or ride the harley.
we just got a potbelly stove and we have a palor stove we used last year. and that is all we have to heat with. got a new oil furance last yearnow we can not aford to buy oil. good thing is i get the fire wood for free.
What about pick-ups? Are there less "pick-up" trucks on the road too? Most of them get crappy fuel mileage also.
Around here (north of Denver) people haven't seemed to notice $2.89 gas. I ride my bike to work about 1/2 the time and I haven't noticed any more cyclists. People still jackrabbit start from the stop lights. Still a huge amount of big SUV's and big trucks.
I haven't noticed any change here in Mid. Ga. I was in ATL this weekend and it was bumper to bumper.
They just opened a Hummer dealership here and it seems that full size pickups and suburbans are the norm.
My friends don't make fun of my Mazda PU as much as they used to though...
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We were all talking at the hydro plant one day, Someone said my small lowrider truck was dangerous.
If I got hit, looking across the parking lot My sideglass was about level with the top of the bumper on Steve's truck. Steve was chuckling about his Z71 being so safe.
When the talk turned to gas mileage, Steve got suddenly quiet.
I have worked about three weeks in over a year, I am glad I chose to buy a small truck.
I feel for the single mom's.. the ones who have to have a real back seat for groceries and kids. It hits the hardest in the economically depressed areas first.
I bet in Arkansas there are fewer trucks. That was a beautiful place, but not many jobs. I rode the harley all over northern Ark. Kinda like northern Georgia, but different.
Okay, I understand a little more, the Georgia govenor called off school for two days to save fuel..
The kids are off, everyone is home watching them. A local mill had to close it's doors for the day, seems most the workers didn't show up enough to run the machinery.
Most these People here are breeders. Have litters.
I live in northern NJ and have to drive about 23 miles to work - a crappy drive on congested highways. Unfortunately, public transportation isn't an option (too many transfers, have to drop kids off at school, etc.) I really haven't noticed any less SUVs around here - but people are using more of the company's vehicles for business travel rather than their own at my co.
Just as luck would have it - I ended up getting a 1988 Cadillac Seville with a 4.5 liter motor about a month ago. Since I got the car for free and it was garaged kept and in great shape - I'm living with it. I don't think I get much more than 17 mpg. However - after being in a '89 Camry that got totalled in a hi speed crash - you will never see me in a smaller vehicle - regardless of gas mileage. If my kids were in the back seat of that accident - it would have been serious injuries or worse. I do, however, only use the caddy for work, any other trips I use the minivan which gets almost 10 more mpg. My bet is that you won't see a significant decrease in SUVs, Pickups, etc unless the gas costs stay high for many more months.
ever see the Hot rod magazine special about the cadillac? They kept cutting pieces off it and running it through the quarter mile. As it got lighter it got faster, as it got faster it got more efficient. End milage estimates were 25+
Find you a old streetrod body, most the mid 50's cars weigh in around 2800-3600 pounds. Move the caddy drive train over into it, get 25+ mpg, smile, it is going up in value, and a ball to drive.. My lil girl cried when I sold the studebaker truck. And them old cars? they have a frame under them. yeah, real steel.
I'd love to have a caddy drivetrain to put into the 54 ford I recently GM clipped.. where you at?? HA..... NAh it'll be months before I can get loose enough to touch it again.
Back to the shop.. one bite at a time.. Stubborn is as stubborn does.. I may be sick, but I refuse to lay down..
It is sitting waiting, quietly rusting.
Trucks? Bad mileage?
Mine gets 25 solid, EPA stickered at 29mpg...for what that's worth.....
I do know some folks whose trucks are down in the 9 to 12 mpg area.... empty, loaded, whatever.