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Coping With High Fuel Prices

June 7th, 2008 at 11:45 am



Rising oil prices have me thinking more and more about rising fuel prices and my 48-mile daily commute.

I've looked into our local Metro Pool, which matches up commuters who want to drive together, www.nuride.com, the trains and even buying a scooter. Working from home is not an option. Since my town lacks a train station, taking a train is a less attractive option for me, while a scooter would only be usable for half the year and also presents safety issues.

Then, in speaking to my neighbors, I discovered that the husband not only works in the same town I do but his office is located just three miles north of my office, on the same highway.

His hours are a little different than mine; he gets out 30 minutes later than I do. (When my summer hours end, his start time will also be 30 minutes earlier than mine.)

I spoke to his wife, who will speak to hubby and let me know if he's interested in car-pooling.

My proposal is that we share rides 4 days a week; he drives 2, i drive 2.

By car-pooling four days a week, we'd both eliminate two days of driving, or reduce our gas usage by 40% a week.

4 Responses to “Coping With High Fuel Prices”

  1. Carolina Bound Says:

    That would be great if you could team up like that. A 48-minute commute has to mean a big gasoline bill for you. It does make me appreciate that I don't really have to go anywhere besides the store and whatnot in this era of rising fuel prices!

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    DOn't forget to look into park and ride things. If there is a public transit even partway to work that you can ride it helps. Or doing a partway commute with a driver.

  3. boomeyers Says:

    It is wonderful you are being so proactive!
    Love the pic, it was in the 90's today in the Midwest, with a nice HOT breeze!

  4. Dido Says:

    I hope the commuting together works out for you! Thanks for the pic--a pleasant sight as I anticipate a high of 96 today--it's 8 am and already over 80.

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