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Rising gas prices turn strangers into fast friends

MWCN.com Washington - Oregon - Idaho -- Sarah Richards and Kim Boynton work together at Avista, but only recently got to know each other.

High gas prices, as it turns out, sparked the friendship.

Washington is one of eight states where drivers are paying the highest gas rates in the country, and it’s putting a dent in everyone’s wallet.

Gas prices come in at $3.80 on average in Spokane. Coeur d’Alene drivers are paying $3.72.

Local carpool organizations say more people are sharing rides to cut costs. Richards and Boynton cruise out of Avista’s carpool-only lot and head home together most days lately.

KREM 2’s Honora Swanson went on a ride-along with the coworkers Friday. They said the primary reason for carpooling is saving money on fuel.


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Submitted Mar 25, 2012 By: ziyulu
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USAv8tor
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2012 6:04:10 AM

Carpooling is cost effective when the participants live close to each other and they all work at the same location, nearby. Also, when those participants don't have much to do during their individual free time. For example, if they visit the same place to eat lunch or, go out and about all together to the same place during their lunch hour breaktime. Other than that, it gets complicated. Sometimes, individuals have to pick up their kids after work or go to the utility company to pay their bills or visit an elderly relative. If all the participants within a given carpool have a sedentary, uncomplicated life and their schedules aren't conflicting nor hectic, then it's cost effective and easy. It's not about just giving the driver on that given day of carpooling a partial gas payment. What about the wear and tear on the driver's vehicle, cost of ownership and maintenance? That's why taxi driver's charge a certain specific fee, for the labor, fuel expenses and maintenance of the vehicle and regular taxi drivers usually drive a late model piece of trash vehicle unless it's a limousine. I wonder if the other occupants of the carpool vehicle will pay their, 'co-worker and/or friend', for repairs when the carpooling vehicle breaks down or when the carpooling vehicle requires its scheduled maintenance such as periodic oil changes, replacement of worn tires, fuel filter, air filter, replacement of hub/wheel bearings. Some maintenance is relatively cheap but, other maintenance and repair work for a carpooling vehicle is expensive, especially if you're carpooling in a BMW or Mercedes-Benz or if your trying to fit 5 persons into a Ford Focus or Toyota Prius. If the carpool occupants save $100 weekly for fuel expenses they probably lose $50 towards fueling, repairs and maintenance for the carpooling vehicle that's used. As I mentioned, if the carpooling vehicle is a GMC Yukon full sized S.U.V. or a BMW or Infiniti, the fuel, repair and maintenance costs rise exponentially. Carpooling in a 4 cylinder Honda Civic still has it's costs too; not only fuel costs but, more wear and tear on the engine because of the vehicle transporting 800 lbs. to 1000 lbs. of passengers which changes the handling characteristics of the car, also uses more fuel which contributes to more greenhouse gas emissions and a larger carbon footprint as well as the increased wear and tear on the vehicle and parts such as tires, interior of the vehicle, A/C condensor for hot summer day commuting, frequent air filter replacement, frequent oil changes (quality of fuel being used is also a factor), area/location and environment also has an impact on the total costs of carpooling, car insurance for liability protection for the passengers if there is an accident. Is it really worth it? Does it really give a drastic savings? How much savings with all the variables factored in, $15, $30? Sacrificing one's time, freedom of movement, comfort and etc. to save $10, $15, $20? I have seen accidents of carpooling vehicles and usually there are serious injuries sustained by at least one of the carpooling vehicles occupants, I've seen fatalities too. It's benefits versus costs versus risks versus the hundreds of thousands of other idiots on the road at the same time at any given time.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 6:01:09 AM

car pooling is common in many other parts of the world. Only the US hasn't really caught on.
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:53:57 AM

So at least they get to work.
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Pumpz
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 7:21:28 PM

Van pools are a great idea.
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tamanite
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 7:53:54 AM

The last two companies I worked for had van pools, about a dozen each. It was great. I could sleep or read or sew or just talk with my coworkers when I wasn't driving the van. We took turns driving mostly except for one fellow who was afraid of the liability if we should ever have an accident. We never had any accidents during the 20 or so years I used the vans. My cars sat at home and lasted many years longer. I'm still driving the second one and reaping the benefits of the van pool some 14 years later.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 3:28:30 AM

Car pooling works for most people but not all.
Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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wamster
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 2:00:04 AM

The company I worked for had about 3 van pools. There were a lot of company incentives to save fuel.

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OldMoses
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:22:47 AM

Cdnlynx, You are absolutely right. God Bless...
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CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:16:52 AM

OldMoses - Fortunately in a round-a-bout way; u may have meant to be sarcastic, however you hit upon a great idea. Not for all, but for many, it will work. Helping your fellow man actually helps you more, then you may possibly realize. Smile & be Happy!
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CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:13:48 AM

LostToo > ur moniker says it all; how sad! You, may be missing out on a social development/engineering, in the 21st century. It may not work for all, however it will for many be a socially liberating development.
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quasar502
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:12:54 AM

Neccesity is the mother of invention.
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OldMoses
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:10:14 AM

Apparently I'm not very good at sarcasm....
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CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:05:43 AM

I agree oldmoses; you can influence more with kindness. I know an older retired lady, if I am going to a grocery store out of her way, and I know that she uses a particular item on sale for a great price, I ask her if she would like me to pick up some for her. Why spend more money, for a more expensive item and utilize double the fuel and save on needless manpower (rhetorical).
Win, win; pay it forward concept! It make the most sense!

[Edited by: CdnLynx at 3/26/2012 12:06:46 AM EST]
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wonderlander
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:03:13 AM

OldMoses- Depending on your friends, shower pools could be awesome.
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Thomtec
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:02:23 AM

Ok
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CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:00:28 AM

Expanding your friendship base for less money!
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OldMoses
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:00:14 AM

Why stop at carpooling? We could all laundry pool, shower pool, have TV viewing pools, book reading pools {all under the same energy saving bulb, of course], and if you've got a spare bedroom, house pools.
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NGEFE
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:55:49 PM

Well, we have speed dating - perhaps they are speeding as well!!!??? ;)
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Lizzylou
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:55:41 PM

I don't find people being "friendly" at the gas pumps! Most are in crappy moods!!!
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gatekeepertwo
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:53:53 PM

we all have to do whatever it takes to survive
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eblair54
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:53:50 PM

I would certainly try it out, for the sake of saving money at first, and then possibly making new friends.
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ModelWarships
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:53:38 PM

lost my carpool ride and now am going it alone. Good thing my Focus gets 35mpg.
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tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:52:21 PM

In the rural side of America is hard to connect in the right direction at the same time.
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:50:55 PM

For those who can work it out, carpooling can be very helpful. Many things must come together to make that workable.

As the pain of the thumbscrews increases, more concessions will be made and more carpooling will result.

Fix the problem: speculators. Regulate the market. Make it a real market again. Paper pushers have no business buying contracts without taking delivery of product.

The CFTC is not doing its job -- just as their boss wants. BHO & Co. are their boss. The puppet master pulls BHO's strings.
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cheap59
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:49:14 PM

It won't work where I live.
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tco9436
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:48:28 PM

gas is $410 here in connecticut, but im still not going to carpool
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LostToo
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:46:18 PM

AWWWWWWWWW! Aint that special.... Leave it to a liberal rag to try to put a good spin on an outrages situation.
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Lerxst17
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:46:18 PM

Really? How did this important info get past an editor?
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gilfarm
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:46:14 PM

Carpooling works in big cities.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:45:22 PM

problem here for the public transit is it does not go where people need to and does not run at hours people really need it

they cut off ability to get night jobs unless you work a 12 hour shift just to wait for the bus to run again the next day

also they do not stop near places and to get groceries home you must hold it all on your lap and only buy 1 day at a time since that is all that will fit on your lap

also people either have to get separate rides like a cab that if you can afford that then owning a new lexus is cheaper just to get to church or if you are supposed to work on a sunday since no bus runs at any time on sundays or holidays and a cab costs more than you make in a day so no point to work

for the get to know your neighbor to carpool thing they have to change drug and other laws to make me willing to try it

if the other person has drugs in their pocket or bag then you go to jail for driving the car then no more car for you in seizure laws and you get to know a lot of people in the 15 years in prison time

[Edited by: jamieg2012 at 3/25/2012 11:48:47 PM EST]
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mrsmagoo2010
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:43:09 PM

This is a really good idea, just hope there's no kooks out there!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:42:53 PM

It's a start!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:41:03 PM

well, maybe it is good for the environment afterall and since nobody know their neighbour. This could be an opportunity.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:40:01 PM

Only a couple of people.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:38:42 PM

ok
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30mpg80
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:36:27 PM

We have been carpooling for many years, and current gas prices will increase riders per car.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:36:06 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:35:57 PM

good public transit would be great & will help cut gas use.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:33:13 PM

Aww!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:33:06 PM

I don't need carpool, I don't drive far.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:32:42 PM

true
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:32:40 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:31:59 PM

One thing don't understand in VA a republican state thru and thru FACT 2nd Lowest GAS Tax in the nation @ 17.5 cents FACT Last raised in 1986 to that previously mentioned amount, Yet our current gas price average regular is comparable to Washington state's $3.75 - $3.90 for a gallon......and our Current Governor Mcdonnell HAS APPROVED NEW BRIDGE AND TUNNEL TOLLS FOR THE LARGEST CITY IN VA.....HAMPTON ROADS NOT SINCE THEY WERE ERADICATED BY A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR'S GERRY BILIES AND HIS SUCCESSOR DOUGLAS WILDER IN THE LATE 198O'S & EARLY 199O'S............IT'S OBVIOUS THE REPUBLICANS ARE AT IT AGAIN.....TAXING ANNNND SPENDING....SOUND FAMILIAR!!! (RR 1980-1988)
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:30:59 PM

Not everyone can car pool
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:30:08 PM

anything to cut costs.
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bvrbill
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:27:53 PM

Carpooling can help. Not for everyone, though.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:24:13 PM

Carpooling is great if you get it to work. Many times it doesn't due to schedules and destinations.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:19:03 PM

Carpooling saved me at least $100 a month.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:18:51 PM

thats good, helps with air pollution
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You got to do what you got to do.
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