People seek alternative means of transport amid soaring gas prices | News


MURRAY, KY — Soaring gas prices are an expense you could budget for, especially if you’re planning on buying a new car.

With current prices at the pump, this could be another reason to delay this purchase.

The folks at Paducah Ford say they are still recovering from the pandemic, which means sales are still weak. But, they say they could see high gas prices affect businesses down the road.

Paducah Ford sales manager Paul Stovesand said good gas mileage was a must for many people even before gas prices spiked.

And the new models are answering the call. The new technology has vehicles averaging 40 miles per gallon.


“Even if gasoline prices remain high, we expect demand for newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles than some of those that were sold maybe five or ten years ago to increase,” Stovesand said. .

But, because of the pandemic, these new models are rare.

“The real underlying story in the automotive industry is always the lack of inventory. So in getting vehicles from the manufacturer, they have issues with parts and logistical issues. So obviously a lot of dealerships have fewer cars than a year or two ago,” says Stovesand.

So what can you do if you can no longer afford your gas guzzler?

Many people trade in their four wheels for two.

Matt Falwell, owner of Gear Up Cycles in Murray, Kentucky, says today’s high fuel prices bring back memories of 2008.


“At that time, the idea of ​​$3-4 a gallon was outrageous, and we had a constant influx of people coming to buy bikes,” says Falwell.

So far, things are only improving slightly. Falwell expects that to change very soon.

“I think we’ll see it happen mainly as soon as we get into a bit more consistent spring weather, a bit warmer temperatures, especially during the summer. I think we’ll see a steady increase in the number of people choosing to ride bikes instead of driving,” Falwell says.


Falwell says he’s already seen interest increase over the past few weeks. Cycling has obvious advantages, such as no fuel and exercise costs.

But, he says, riding a bike takes more than just pedaling down the street. You have to do your research.

“You want to go to that store that’s going to sell you that bike, service that bike, help you learn about safe routes and the equipment you’ll need and the maintenance you’ll need, so you can travel safely and efficiently,” says Falwell.

Falwell also says that buying a beginner’s bike is an investment.

New drivers should seek help from their local store.

People who plan to ride a bike should also be aware of the laws and regulations pertaining to bike travel in their state.


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