Beating High Gas Prices

by Josh Ault

Looking around East Texas, you can see gas prices are way above two dollars.  Luckily, there are several ways to lower your fuel costs.

The City of Nacogdoches has five different bus routes.  To ride it will only cost you one dollar.  Bus rider, Alfonzo Anthony said, "I ride because it's cheaper.  I like to sit back and let someone else drive."  Anthony says he only spends $20 a month on transportation.

Bus drive, Jessie Hancock, has been a city bus driver for three years.  She told KTRE that the bus is a safe way to travel, and it beats paying high car insurance.

If you don't like riding with a group of people, you can ride by yourself on a Harley-Davidson.  Ron Springfield, sales person for Texas Thunder Harley-Davidson in Nacogdoches said, "They[Harley-Davidsons] get 40 to 50 miles per gallon.  They have a small tank - five gallon[s] - and can get a 200 mile range on one."  Jack Jenkins, of Diboll, said, "My Harley gets 47 miles a gallon and my pickup gets 17.  It's not hard to figure out."

Another cheap option is buying a hybrid car.  A hybrid car runs on electricity and gas.   Hybrid owner, Daniel Naone, said, "I get about 40 to 50 miles-per-gallon.  I have gotten as high as 50 miles-per-gallon, and that's a substantial savings when it comes to gas."  The Naone family also got a tax credit with their purchase.

As high gas prices continue to hit East Texas, it might be smart to look at all your options.