Thursday, May 26, 2005

Slip smoothly into gear, then hit the road and go

While it's often an inconvenience to not drive, there are times I'm glad I've exempted myself from some of the obsessive madness associated with car ownership. Canadians are "obsessed" with pump prices, with two-thirds monitoring them daily, 85 per cent remembering exactly what they paid when they last filled up, and more than 90 per cent willing to go out of their way for a decent discount, survey results suggest. The survey results released yesterday found that 92 per cent of Canadians said they would drive out of their way for a 20-cents-a-litre discount, with one in 10 willing to drive as long as an extra 30 minutes. Half would also be willing to line up for at least 10 minutes for such a saving, and 10 per cent would willingly wait more than half an hour. I think I can put up with having to walk a few blocks, and waiting as long as ten minutes for the bus, to be free of that kind of worry.


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