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Gas prices drive car trade for foot, bike

Nobody smiles at gas pumps these days. And why should they?

“It’s torture,” said Jennifer Jessup, who drives through Elizabethtown every weekday to work from Whiteville. “It’s really no wonder people don’t want to go to work right now or work from home – those prices are ridiculous.”

Jessup is correct, gasoline prices continue to climb to record highs across the United States.

And according to a team at KURU Footwear, 66% of Americans took a survey and said they don’t think gas prices are affordable.

However… what is the alternative?

KURUA Footwear investigators asked how much money could the average American save by trading in their vehicle for walking, biking or taking public transportation? Obviously, these options aren’t available to residents everywhere, but at least one of these options may be available to some, even in rural areas.

The results told KURU surveyors that more than half of Americans (53%) say the cost of fuel led them to consider walking to destinations such as work, convenience stores and the gym.

“And it looks like they’re smart to do it,” KURU’s report claims. “We found that the average American could save $137 per month by walking and using public transit, based on the average number of miles traveled per driver, vehicle fuel economy, and cost of transportation. essence. That’s $1,644 per year!

“This means that when considering how to save money on gas, even swapping a few trips a week for a walk, bike ride or bus ride can add up to significant fuel savings over time. “, continues the report. “It is clear that our cars can consume money as fast as they consume gasoline. Reducing fuel means pretty big gas savings, especially in our top 10 states.

North Carolina, however, is not in this top 10. Who is? Places like Wyoming, Georgia, Vermont, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico and Arkansas. By trading off the use of a vehicle for walking, biking, or public transit, these states can save more than $170 per month.

Creative options

“I started working from home one day a week,” said Kirby Winston, who commutes from Elizabethtown to Lumberton for work. “It’s not much, but it saves me a little gas. But not everyone can do that. »

Carpooling seems to be the most popular option for some. This is a long-established practice for getting children to school, which has now been extended to include trips to work, and more.

“Not only are my neighbor and I sharing trips to and from work with other co-workers, but we’ve also started running errands together,” said Wendy Patrick of Bladenboro. “Every drop of gasoline we can save helps.”

Final Thoughts

It’s no secret that bank accounts have been hit in part because of high prices at the pump. According to the KURU Footwear survey, “Rising fuel prices forced 56% of Americans to cut spending in other areas and 42% to cancel planned commutes, vacations, or road trips.”

The report also adds, “If you’re trading in your car keys for a pair of walking shoes to save money, make sure you have a comfortable pair to get from point A to point B.”

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-862-4163 or [email protected]