Low price or not, I still hyper-mile. I love to go into a long extended glide mode when a big SUV or monster truck comes up and gets right on me. Love it. They too should be saving their money now for the worse times to come. People in my town are still buying huge huge vehicles, and flatout racing between every stop light. When will it change?
The motivation certainly is less with gas down around $1.79 or so.
But I'm still hypermiling. I love the challenge. Would be fun even if gas were under a dollar a gallon. Getting more mpg is just as much of a challenge as getting there faster - but it's a lot safer and for me more interesting. I mean, how much faster can you actually get to work or the mall by using performance driving techniques?? But you CAN actually get there on less fuel by hypermiling.
The only way to get or keep the price down is to reduce demand. Burn less of it. If we increase consumption due to cheap gas, that consumption increases the demand and the price will go back up again.
Currently getting +/- 50 mpg in fall weather. EPA is 31/39 so not too shabby. WAI, fuel cutoff switch, full belly pan, smooth wheel covers.
Although as pointed out, however cheap it is, it's plundering a scarce resource and releasing trapped carbon, but...
I'd figure it's an ideal time for doing test runs, get a lot of miles in testing aero mods, driving techniques etc etc. It might be viewed by an eco-nazi as short term environmental murder, but I regard it as investment in knocking down long term consumption. Then when prices are back where it hurts again, your wallet and the planet reaps the benefit.
I remember The RoadWarrior..To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time..the world was powered by the black fuel & the desert sprouted great cities..Gone now, swept away..two mighty warrior tribes went to war & touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel, they were nothing..thundering machines sputtered & stopped..Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice