has a fine article
on the wonders of expensive gas
with respect to auto enthusiasts. Basically:
- Fewer people on the road.
- Less SUVs and more 350Zs coming off the line.
- Diminished geographic sprawl resulting in clearer rural tarmac.
- Weekend driver cars entail cheaper insurance.
- Increased mean health.
On that last point, hilarity:
While this has a few boring side effects, fewer health-related deaths and lower health care costs, for example, the benefit to the driver is that your co-pilot is less likely to add sprung weight to your car. We're pretty sure it's the same reason Colin Chapman became a vegan and John DeLorean made sure all his women were coked-out anorexics.
I'm sure there are far more ins, outs, and what-have-yous than the five point brief covers. But it's certainly along the lines of conversations I've had with Erik
spawned by reports of increased scooter sales.
I take no pride in saying I live in a hive of ignorant drivers, unnecessary traffic control, and terrible city planning. Perhaps five dollar gas combined with the cell ban will improve the situation marginally.
On a related note, I cruised by a hydrogen fuel station in Irvine the other day. A little preliminary research yielded the figures $5 for 70 miles in the new Honda hydro
. Just don't smoke in it.