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sofrugal

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2011 7:23:06 PM

1-Do you feel guilty about the gas you're wasting? (I do, but it's so relaxing, and on a normal day, I just drive to and from work, and to the store when I have to, so it evens out)
2-Typically, about how many miles or minutes do you like to drive when you're doing this? (I like to drive around for about an hour)
3-What's the longest distance that you've driven just for fun? (Probably yesterday when I did around 150 miles)
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 12:05:23 PM

I feel no guilt and we do when we want and as far as we want.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 9:07:16 AM

I do driving trips all the time. Got one coming up.

Making the run out to Denver soon. After attending to business there, I'll shoot over to Crested Butte for snowboarding, then to Santa Fe for more of the same. Then back. An excursion of maybe 800 miles RT and a week on the road.

[Edited by: Hemond at 12/9/2013 9:09:46 AM EST]
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ggg452
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 8:20:35 AM

I like to walk...
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 7:43:12 AM

I wouldn't do that. As forms of entertainment, there are many other things that can be done for fun.
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 6:17:06 AM

1) No
2) hour
3) about 1000 miles
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 5:11:55 AM

I only drive when i need to.
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 6:39:07 PM

1) No
2) 30 miles
3) 250 miles
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pghbill
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 1:13:40 AM

1 no
2 250 miles
3 600 miles
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 5:05:21 PM

Not I
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bote
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 3:24:16 PM

I do that from time to time.
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forresj
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 1:01:47 PM

You need to pick a new name because you're not frugal. Joy rides are just plain stupid now.



[Edited by: forresj at 12/7/2013 1:01:35 PM EST]
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2013 2:33:55 PM

This is my guilty pleasure. I love to joyride. This past year I bought a performance sports sedan which is so fine to joyride in. Its a pleasure to take a 150 mile jaunt on a weekend in it.

Sometimes I go for an evening ride just to relax. No destination, just point in a random direction and go.
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2013 1:49:58 PM

i only drive when i need to, i don't "joy ride".
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2013 8:09:19 AM

About 14 years ago driving a car was a normal thing to do even for a relaxing hobby more so 28 years ago. It was kind of a family thing to take a ride/spend over budget/tour/take pictures/eat out/and whatever. Wasting wasn't a clamp then, more devices today to occupy anyone's time.....
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RS101
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2013 7:11:29 AM

Never saw the point of driving for fun, perhaps because I do it so much for work.
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MatrixDom
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2011 11:12:05 PM

I used to drive for fun when gas was affordable.
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hnofer17
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2011 2:15:19 AM

1- No. You don't waste anything you enjoy using.
2- Usually I go for 30 minutes or 25 miles, and sometimes it's just a detour from my normal route. There's a toll road in my city that goes nowhere but it has a higher limit of 75mph so I do that sometimes just so I can go 80 and not get a ticket.
3- The longest I've driven for fun was probably 180 miles, it was a huge detour.
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2011 12:43:14 AM

P.S.

Last time I checked..."boredom" wasn't caused by a vehicles ability to produce any particular efficiency...e.i. 40 mpgs...
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2011 12:38:23 AM

I only go to places I need to and since I like to drive...Anytime I drive is enough "Fun"...while I'm taking care of a need...not a want which doesn't get me what I need...
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2011 11:17:17 PM

I typically take a driving vacation. Typically combine a snowboard trip with a long distance drive. Fly into Denver and then drive to Steamboat Springs or Jackson Hole to ride. Or drop into Reno, ride at Tahoe and then drive to northern CA for fun and to explore.

As a kid I used to do cross country car trips, either solo or with a bud. Across the US or CAnada with my old jalopy. Fun.
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pacecar68
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2011 11:06:05 AM

i do not drive for fun, but i love to drive.
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gobux10
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2011 10:10:08 AM

rarely drive for just fun. BUT I enjoy driving.
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Erexxx
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2011 1:12:16 AM

Love to drive and I'm usually good for an extra 100 miles a week just going nowhere. What I love about driving around here in Florida is you can speed with only a minor concern about getting a ticket. So not only do I drive for fun I do a lot of speeding too. I bought my car to enjoy it not get 40 mpg and be bored to tears.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2011 7:47:37 PM

I am a "Sunday driver". I take Mom out every Sunday I can (90 plus). We go to church and then out for ride. She loves it and I specifically wanted a fuel efficient vehicle so I wouldn't feel constrained in doing something she enjoys!

I average 50MPG a year and I take public transportation to work and walk about a mile most of the time between station. I car pool with my wife 3 - 4 days a week to train station

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skynet
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2011 6:04:23 PM

Buy a racing game instead.
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2011 2:53:11 PM

I drive because I need to get some where, not for fun.
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cheap2010skate
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2011 10:47:45 AM

Whether you can drive around for fun depends on your circumstances. If you are unemployed or one of the "working poor" with small mouths to feed and rent to pay, you can't afford to waste gas. Luckily, I am not in that situation.

I drive around Tampa and in the rural areas around it on nice days just to be out in the sun and fresh air. It may be for 30 min. or one hour. I don't buy anything because I take my own beverages and snacks. So the cost of my excursion is limited to gas. It is cheaper than the mall or retail stores.
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Bus936
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2011 9:35:28 AM

I don't drive around for fun. If I am on the road it is to go to the store, work, doctors office or for a specific purpose.
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wlotocky
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2011 8:49:06 AM

Never waste gas!
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2011 8:26:10 AM

Don't do the Sunday cruise and haven't in years.
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Volvo_240
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2011 8:03:27 PM

I do, with friends though. I figure you're wasting just as much fuel sitting at home with all the house lights on and the T.V and whatnot on, than taking a spin and having some fun.
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eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2011 5:50:08 PM

I don't feel guilty about the gas I'm wasting, it's entertainment. And a lot of the time I'd rather drive around than watch movies. Driving is more fun when you don't have to be somewhere at a certain time.

I've done several hundred miles. I think the longest I've driven for the heck of it was a day trip from SFBA to Reno,NV/Lake Tahoe,CA and back in one day, did not stop in Tahoe for long (just took a few pictures and left.)
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2011 12:02:02 PM

Driving just to be driving? No, I'm not wired that way ...
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defuzer
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2011 9:59:23 AM

I don't drive around for enjoyment anymore due to prices and time. BUT, I'll choose to take the scenic route occassionally, which adds 5-10 minutes to my drive. I just slow down 10 mph, look around, and enjoy.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2011 9:31:08 AM

No more guilty than spending some money on other entertainment
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DJRIO
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2011 1:46:14 PM

it is not about guilty. it is about being careful how you use it when your driving. plan them carefully and drive in fuel saving mode .
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greentre
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2011 12:24:22 AM

1. Do I feel guilty? No, my vehicles get decent fuel mileage and there are worse ways to relax.
2. Depends on the day, how much relaxation is needed and how much other traffic is out.
3. ~240 miles round trip. But that was years ago when gas was a LOT cheaper. Now its more like 40-50 miles round trip because that's how far it is to the beach!
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2011 7:35:18 PM

I don't feel guilty at all if we decide to go on a day trip or something like that. There isn't any gas shortage.
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