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Rising Gas Prices

By lem at 5:28 pm on April 19, 2006 | 4 Comments

A lot of people are really beginning to complain about rising gas prices here in the US, and with the per barrel price of crude oil futures soaring past $72, it’s only going to get worse. A bunch of readers sent in their thoughts on rising gas prices, mostly to say they are having a hard time keeping the gas tanks in their SUV’s filled. I certainly couldn’t afford to pay $100 for a fill-up, only to drive 40 miles each way to work.

I’m one of the many people that have to drive to work each day, my trip is 128 miles each day, I stop for gas every two days so it never gets too low. At this writing I’m paying $2.69 a gallon. The trouble is that price goes up every day. The Exxon 3 blocks from my home went from $2.59 to $2.73 in one night. I’m now going for $80.00 to $85.00 a week just for five days. I don’t use the car on weekends if I don’t have to. When is GEORGE going to do something about it????

Bill, Clifton, New Jersey

I think the sentiment that Bill shares is shared by many, and I don’t agree with it. The problem isn’t the government’s failure to regulate our consumption of gas, or their failure to keep prices artificially low. The real problem is that people have chosen to live where they do, to drive the car they do, and to consume gasoline recklessly as they do. That’s why I bought a Vespa, and chose an apartment close to my office. It cost me $4.20 to fill up my tank, and on that tank I was able to drive over 100 miles on my LX 150. I imagine it will be some number of years before Americans truly change their lifestyles and adjust to the price of gas that Europeans have paid for years.

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    Comment by Sarah

    February 8, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

    My Vespa LX150 has been in a heated garage on a battery tender since November. Took it to work last night (3miles) where it sat outside overnight with a low temp of 27′. In the morning the engine wouldn’t turn over. Got a ride home from a co-worker. At noon googled “kick starting a Vespa” which brought me to your site. Drove the Jeep to the Vespa. Attempted to kick start without luck. However, the electric start worked!?!?! Go figure

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    Comment by Razor Scooter Trick

    March 3, 2009 @ 7:23 am

    Interesting post, thank you! I always like to read and write about this kind of transportation.

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    Comment by Peter

    March 19, 2009 @ 9:27 am


    I also found your blog thanks to googling “how to kickstart a vespa”. I haven’t followed that guide yet, but am looking forward to test it.

    I live in Europe and just bought a Vespa LXV125. Like many others, I expected the Vespa to take me around the congested metropolis where I live much quicker and using far less gasoline than when going by car. The first expectation has been satisfied completely: I just zip through traffic jams on my way to and from work and am enjoying every second of it! However, the gas consumption seems higher than I thought. I think I am doing something like 10 km on a litre of 95 octane unleaded petrol – that’s about 25.50 miles per US gallon. I am still only on my second tank, so I am not quite sure I have got this right. Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks for a good blog!

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    Comment by Peter

    March 19, 2009 @ 9:29 am

    Sorry – mistake in previous post: 10 km/l = 23.50 mpg (approx.)

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