Notwithstanding the wisdom of the "experts," Americans *can* make
longer-term decisions that will change their driving habits and
Are they? Will they?
Anecdotal information here in San Francisco and Marin suggests that
they may be beginning to do so. Is the same true where you live?
From Associated Press:
Most Americans are locked into their driving habits, and can do little
to alter their fuel-buying patterns when prices rise, experts say. For
example, the number of workers with commutes lasting longer than 60
minutes grew by almost 50 percent from 1990 to 2000, according to
Census Department data.
But that usually means they have to cut back elsewhere, as Wal-Mart
Stores Inc. is finding to its distress. The world's largest retailer
said Tuesday that earnings in the current quarter will fall short of
Wall Street expectations, in part because of higher gas prices.