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How CA Drivers Handle High Gas Prices: Hybrids, Walking, Out-Of-State Gas

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While gas prices in the state of California are finally dropping following last week’s Southern California peak of more than $5 per gallon, the financial and social implications of such high gas prices are still being felt by its residents. 

As The LA Times reported earlier this week, Californians have been venting their pump-shock frustration on social media networks like Twitter and Facebook in droves.

In addition to numerous joke-filled quips about how they plan to live life without cars, many tweets show the financial pain that regular Californians feel about filling up.

“Now you gotta pick. Gas or food,” wrote one man, while another expressed the irony that he needed to sell his car in order to afford gasoline. 

Many Californians appear to be forgoing their cars altogether, walking instead of driving. 

Others, have started to look into all-electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars. 

“Gas prices are insane in California. $87 to fill up. $5 a gallon. Time to look at hybrids...,” wrote Justin Moore

For those who needed gas, but couldn’t afford to change cars, another solution presented itself: driving out-of-state to buy gas.

Meanwhile, those with electric and plug-in cars have been feeling a little more than smug, especially given the number of Americans now saying they’re seriously considering the switch to an electric car

Chris Paine, documentary film maker and electric car advocate summed up the situation nicely on his Twitter feed, “Gas prices up, electric car prices down.”

But perhaps our favorite twitter comment comes from a certain Dwight Graham, who wrote “With high gas prices Electric Cars are going like HotCakes...Just put sum Butter&Syrup on one~Still tastes like regular car”[sic].

How did you survive high Californian gas prices? Did you have to choose to fill up or do something else? 

Let us know in the Comments below.

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Comments (6)
  1. Sorry have no sympathy for our friends in California. You now are eating the fruits of your efforts to green your state. Taste bad doesnt it? Like Obama, the only thing that your self righteous attitudes create are greater numbers of unemployed. Hope that you run completely out of fuel and Hollywood shuts down. You have 2 billion bbls of oil off the Coast.
     
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  2. The red states down south have the highest unemployment rate - no need to feel sorry for California - still the richest 10% of our economy no matter how you cut it, brother.
     
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  3. What? I don't need your sympathy...

    I am doing just fine with my Volt.

    I have no sympathy for those can't see this coming. Simply based on Inflation. With Feds out of control and QE infinity, oil/gas will ONLY go up in price...

    If you are smart, with low interest rate, lock yourself up with a good Solar investment and an efficient Plugin such as Volt and C-Max Energi, you will be set for a long time...
     
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  4. CA prides itself on leading the nation in change. Hopefully this will encourage more to go to EV driving to prevent financial uncertainty that relying on gasoline prices entails. When gas prices hit $5 nationwide, i am guessing those fabulous lease deals on Volts and LEAFs might not be so fabulous. get it now while the getting good!
     
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  5. Gas isn't going to hit $5 nationwide, this is a California problem. For gas to get to $5 nationwide, oil would have to be $170 barrel, which will only happen if there is war in the Middle-East.
     
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  6. Things are only going to get worse for California when AB32 starts taking effect in 2015. If you're planning on being in Cali after 2014 then you better start looking at gas efficient cars, fortunately there are loads of new cars that fit the bill. Unfortunately very few diesels though :-(
     
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