As fuel prices soar, you see folks responding in all kinds of ways. Some drive less, some buy a more fuel-efficient car, some drive off without paying for their gas.
Steve at the Speedway on Division and Front Streets in Traverse City said people at his station arent driving off -- at least on purpose, but they are venting about prices. They dont get mad at us. They know it isnt our fault, but theyre definitely not happy.
Beth Roskamp, who was filling up her Volkswagen Passat at the station, said she unpleasantly realized she should be using premium gas after reading a magazine article that said people were damaging their cars by unknowingly using the wrong fuel. Although more knowledgeable, shes also carrying a lighter wallet. Premium is 20 cents more per gallon than the basic unleaded choice.
I used to fill up for $20, with money left over for a snack, she said. Now its $46 -- over twice what I paid.
Roskamp said it bothers her most that Michigan residents often pay the highest prices for gas in the country.
Norean Martin, a retiree who lives in Torch Lake, said she and her husband schedule their appointments in Traverse City on the same day to save gas. Theyre not going to give up their SUV -- they need the space to haul stuff -- but they are looking at hybrids.