Are Gas Prices Affecting Our Vehicle Selection? - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Paragould, AR - Will Carter Reports

Are Gas Prices Affecting Our Vehicle Selection?

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -  As summer approaches it's the time to travel, but there's one major roadblock this year - gas prices.

So, for many driving large vehicles, it's the breaking point.

"I just traded in my SUV two weeks ago, so you can immagine my opinion," said Daniel Baker.

Others, however, seem to have no problem spending close to a $100 per tank on a bigger ride.

"I just bought this, so, it's great because I have four children and I have to haul them everywhere. I kind of have to have a bus," said Kristal Kibler.

While the national gas average is sitting around $3.60 a gallon, it seems people are still having a hard time leaving their trucks and S-U-V's behind and getting into a smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle.

"They gripe about the gas prices, but they still buy the bigger cars."

Larry Breckenridge owns and operates Larry's Auto Sales in Paragould and says he still doesn't understand exactly why people are clinging to their larger rides.

"The last time gas shot up, I went out and bought a bunch of small, 4-cylinder vehicles. A year and a half later I still had some of them and I was still selling the big rigs," said  Breckenridge.

He says those that really seem to notice gas prices the most are those with a commute.

"If somebody's driving 40 to 50 miles one way, they are thinking in terms of gas. People just going across town to wherever they work. It doesn't seem like it bothers them much," said Breckenridge.

But for those who have made the downgrade from their big rig, they're now saving in the pocketbook.

"I liked it, but it was just too expensive to drive," said Baker.

We're told the smaller the engine, the better the gas mileage you will get.

However, for many, they aren't willing to lose the size of their vehicle to save a few bucks at the pump.


Story ideas or comments?  Email Will at wcarter@kait8.com.

 

  • Region 8 Responds

  • Have you considered purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle due to rising gas prices?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    59%
    275 votes
    No
    41%
    194 votes
  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • People who ate at Dexter, MO restaurant may have been exposed to Hepatitis A

    People who ate at Dexter, MO restaurant may have been exposed to Hepatitis A

    Friday, December 15 2017 5:21 AM EST2017-12-15 10:21:03 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Members of the public who ate at the Dexter, Missouri, Huddle House between November 21, 2017, and December 2, 2017, should watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A.  

    Members of the public who ate at the Dexter, Missouri, Huddle House between November 21, 2017, and December 2, 2017, should watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A.  

  • Clay County SO, ASP investigate woman's death

    Clay County SO, ASP investigate woman's death

    Thursday, December 14 2017 10:21 PM EST2017-12-15 03:21:34 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:40 PM EST2017-12-15 04:40:07 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Clay County authorities are attempting to get information from the public in a death investigation, Sheriff Terry Miller said Thursday. 

    Clay County authorities are attempting to get information from the public in a death investigation, Sheriff Terry Miller said Thursday. 

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Thursday, December 14 2017 10:45 PM EST2017-12-15 03:45:44 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:38 PM EST2017-12-15 04:38:29 GMT
    Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Source: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Website)Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Source: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Website)

    A guitarist and singer from Cotton Plant, who served as a role model for several area musicians who later became famous, was recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

    A guitarist and singer from Cotton Plant, who served as a role model for several area musicians who later became famous, was recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Powered by Frankly