Tuesday, May 20, 2008

how long before it hits the UK consumer

America's Money: Gas crunch hits home

The record-high price of gasoline is putting a strain on American motorists - and spurring some to shift their habits. Here are their stories. Will British people change habits? or stop going to work because they can no longer afford petorl, sounds like a plan go on the dole because i cannot afford to drive to work anymore, well done Brown...

Posted by mark @ 01:49 PM (1594 views)
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24 thoughts on “how long before it hits the UK consumer

  • I had the M4 almost to myself last Saturday. It is usually fairly busy. With diesel at about £1.27 per litre, perhaps people are economising

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  • If you go on dole you wont have to worry about going to work and you get paid to stay at home , you will of course get the latest sky, blu-ray and whatever else new before the taxpayers can afford it… nice little number i think..lol

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  • Just to start a conspiracy theory, maybe this has been the aim all along in order to bring the world to heel with reference to global warming?

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  • renting2 enlarge on this??

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  • If only there was some sort of carsharing system where you could SMS to find people going in the same direction as you and share a taxi / private car.

    http://blog.ideavolcano.com/2008/05/12/cabshare/

    CabShare Plus

    Oli has sent us an idea for how to get CabShare really rolling…

    Why doesn’t someone create a mobile phone application which would work using Bluetooth to help people in capital cities share cabs with people going to similar destinations?

    Standing in a Cab Rank, you’d open the application, and enter your destination. CabShare would search to see if anyone else in the queue was going somewhere similar, in which case you’d see a match and be able to connect at the CabShare meeting point. The meeting point would carry an advert on top of it, encouraging people to download the application.

    You’d pilot this at Paddington and use PR and the Heathrow Express to drive uptake

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  • sounds like a good idea, what about safety? after all the UK is full of mass killers.. ..s car sharing really safe??

    Cab sharing would be good, this depends on the cabbies…

    A friend of mine who worked for a well known chemical company says this is one big con………. He also says it is possible to make big cars like astons etc much more economical but the investment is too high for car companies to bother…

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  • “i cannot afford to drive to work anymore”
    how about living near work or and other revolutionary ideas …

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  • can you afford to buy closer to your work?

    petrol is killing the UK…

    it goes up by 1p each week by me…. another 20p I think people will be staying at home…

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  • so a rating would be something like, ” he arrived with an axe, however seemed to be very nice until he axed my head off”…….

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  • @Mark,

    Kind of like the Credit Rating System. Northern Rock was AAA. Until it wasn’t.

    You can never know. You need life skills in addition to other people’s behavioural ratings.

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  • montesquieu says:

    Some of these ‘lifestyles’ (if you can call them that) are only possible on the back of artificially low petrol prices like they still have in the US (less than half what we pay). Many of them border on the downright stupid (but hey, this is America, they have a right to be stupid if the want to and the world has to pay to subsidise that stupidity).

    I’m certain this sort of this thing already IS happening here (though if it forces the brain dead, don’t give a monkeys brigade out of their ridiculous 4x4s it will be a good thing) but what’s interesting about the impact of this in America is that the US is a low-wage economy. The figures are distorted by a fair size population of wealthy people, but by far the bulk of the place is low-wage (their minimum wage is about half of ours), and most businesses are grossly overmanned and inefficient.

    I’m not surprised some of these people are spending half their salary on petrol (even when it’s so cheap) – the rises in petrol and food prices are hitting Amercia’s huge, poor underbelly very hard indeed. And most of the US isn’t designed with public transport in mind at all – vast sprawls, hardly any urban rail/tram or even bus services, a lot of these people have no alternative but to drive (or to move house/job which a lot of them should probably do anyway).

    Anyway roll on the days when 4x4s are so uncool even the hairy nuckle string vest brigade won’t touch them, let alone skinny bottle blondes driving their pampered offspring a mile up the road to school.

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  • one thing i dont understand is blame the 4×4 people, you cannot tow a caravan or boat with a C1 or a prius, try going up a muddy hill…. I use a 4×4 and use it often, I also keep my cars at least 10 years from new, which is better than changing the small car every 3 years… Also my 4×4 does about 25-30 to the gallon this is better than x-type jags (petrol) and better than many other petrol cars, also if you park an average car by the side of me it is same length… I just need the boot space and the 4×4 for the muddy area i go into a lot….

    I think this has nothing to do with car types, it is a big con by bush and brown to drive up prices and screw us all with tax…

    why cant you say roll on days when the beetle is buried, after all it was a mass murderers car… (hitler)

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  • Rentinginthesouth says:

    I cycle to work twice a week and save a fair price of my diesel… although the 4x4s and sports cars are an absolute joy when they pass..

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  • with the state of the roads in the uk soon only 4x4s will be the only cars to be able to drive on them.. potholes,more potholes, even more potholes, ridges, worn out surfaces, cracks, etc etc……………

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  • mark – I doubt too many people have trouble with those who actually USE their 4×4 for their intended purposes…what gets on our wicks are the bottle blondes using them to run the kids a mile to school as someone posted above…and my impression is that the latter far, far outweigh the former. MOST 4x4s that I see in my locale are only used for shopping, school runs and status displays.

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  • Back to house prices for a minute…. During the boom times, petrol and food were cheap and interest rates were low. People had a lot of spare money, and this flood of money went gushing into the property market, swelling up prices everywhere. Now that petrol, food, and mortgage payments are expensive, the flood of money has died down to a trickle or even reversed; so the property market is drying up.

    As a nation, the more we spend on petrol and food, the less we “save” in houses.

    @jonb #1 – Yes I agree, the roads have been eerily quiet lately! People seem to be cutting back on all non-essential and long-distance journeys. Weekends on the motorway are particularly calm.

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  • Mark, just a thought that if I wanted people to live nearer work (or work nearer home), take bicycles and walk, and had the influence, I would triple the cost of fuelled transport, whilst maintaining or increasing peoples other necessary costs (food and housing). This could be for altruistic purposes (or pure control). But I wouldn’t want to be seen as imposing it on people. It would have to come about by events and be backed by a long period of ‘readjustment’.
    So, either the recent events are just luckily ‘eco-friendly’ or engineered.
    A bit far fetched, but I wanted to get the comments of some of our conspiracy theorists.

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  • montesquieu says:

    @mark

    Actually I live in a country area where there are a few **legit** 4x4s – though even here most are overkill.

    I find caravanning absolutely pointless – but I acknowledge it’s it’s a hobby like any other and I guess you do need a decent sized engine to pull one. However, why you’d want to drive around in a large, nedlessly polluting tractor that advertises you don’t care about the environment, when you don’t actually have the caravan attached, is completely beyond me. 25-30mpg or large boot are not justifications in my book, as for cheaper than a 4×4 you can get yourself an S80 volvo with a cavernous boot and 45 MPG on diesel (same engine as my S60). With a 4×4 essentially you are burning up twice the fuel/emitting twice the carbon for no real advantage that I can see. (Though self-justification comes with the vinyl wheel cover, I think, when you buy the 4×4).

    BUt caravanners aren’t really my target here – the vast bulk of 4x4s are driven by complete brain dead idiots who can’t estimate their space on the road properly and who are needlessly pumping vast quantities of Co2 into the atmosphere just to shuffle around oversized body panels, large wheels, heavy axles and a pair of gearboxes, when they simply don’t need to, in the interest of ‘image’.

    Thankfully that image that is changing fast (from whatever it was before – just what do these dumb bottle blondes on the school run think they look like? – to ‘Tosserwagon driver’.

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  • @montesquieu said…

    The British Motor Industry will thank you I am sure…for driving another nail into its coffin.

    If people are happy to pay the price to run such cars and pay extra money to the taxman let them.

    In the mean time I am going to become a vegan and pump methaine and CO2 out into the environment like their is no tomorrow.

    I myself would like to use a push bike to get to work but…however their are to many so termed Vulnerable People on Crack Heroin whatever solvent you care to dream of behined the steering wheels of cars these days, that will quite easily take you out no problem.

    Ps in a frontal impact crash what car would you like to be in?

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  • yorkshireman says:

    Yes, it will cause problems and hardship, but how about road transport. More or less everything goes on a lorry at some point, from food to coffins to fuel and For Sale signs. What happens when the lorry operators decide not to go on the road anymore ?

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  • montesquieu

    believe me we tried volvos etc none would fit with what we carry or go through the muddy fields…… so target something else how about plastic bags in fact the element of fuel from oil is very small.. and probably least polluting part,,,

    plastics are the worst offenders and use a large part of oils…

    1 large volcano boom and we are all gone anyway…

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  • Spent most of my time reading and digesting the comments here. Brilliant! There are some real gems.
    Personally, looking to the future : I prefer a horse and cart.——- Carts are easier to repair and horses don’t need MOTs ———– yet!!!

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  • Plato – have you seen the price of horse feed lately? It’s gone up just as much as all the other foods! Even a tiny car engine can produce sixty “horsepower”; £pound for pound, petrol is still cheaper than a horse and cart.

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