If you could get gas for $1.00 a gallon...

United States
October 4, 2008 3:56am CST
If you could get gas for $1.00 a gallon or some other really low cost, but you had to drive 50 miles to get it, would you do so? How far would you be willing to drive for really cheap gas? And, do you think it's worth traveling to get cheap gas?
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Well you'd end up wasting all that money you're saving, because you'd have to gas up before and after you make that 50 mile drive. The gas you get for that price will only cover the trip you had to take to get it. Sort of silly. I'm not really willing to drive out of my way to save a few cents on gas. Plus you have to think if there was a gas station doing a huge savings.. the time you'd waste just waiting in line would be ridiculous because everyone else in the world would be there filling up as well. Recently a station near my house decided at lunch time everyday they'd drop the price by 10 cents a gallon... then raise it back up after lunch. You honestly couldn't even drive the road past the gas station because the line up to get the gas (it was over $4 at that time) was blocking the traffic both ways on the street.
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• United States
4 Oct 08
Have you ever seen video from the 1970's when they had that gas crunch? It was a mad house at some gas stations. People drove from all over just to get gas. Lines around the block! Guess it's sort of the same way now.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
5 Oct 08
That is a good question. It depends on how much gas I have in my car already and also how much guess it would take me to get there. Maybe jacksonville or St. Augustine. My town is like between these two towns or I have to go in two directions to get to both places.
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Well, I have an idea! Just move to the place with the cheap gas! I don't think it would be worth driving that far unless you bought a lot of gas, like 570943584 gallons. Because, that's 100 miles in total, to get there and back, right?
• United States
4 Oct 08
Well, I only get about 14 miles per gallon, so it would cost me over $7 just to go get the gas and come home if it was 50 miles away. I have a 18 gallon tank, so that would leave me with about 11 gallons after the round trip (I'm also subtracting what it cost me to get to the gas, since it all averages together in the end), which would make the comparative cost of the gas $1.60/gl to what I could get going down the street, plus spending about two hours to do it. Financialy, it would make sense in this scenario, especailly if I were to bring a couple gas cans as well, and I might even do it if I had time. But when it is a case of a nickle or dime difference in price, it is usually no worth it to go very far out of one's way to fill up.