This should come as no surprise. As costs increase people will change the way they drive. An economic study by TD Bank even stated that there are be 11 million less drivers on the highways of North America by 2010.

Police forces in some parts of the country say drivers are slowing down as the price of gasoline continues to rise.

It's a phenomenon that's catching the attention of radar gun-wielding traffic cops across North America.

Natural Resources Canada recommends drivers stick to or below the posted speed limit to save on fuel. Studies have found increasing speed to 120 kilometres an hour from 100 can increase fuel consumption by 20 per cent, the department says.

"Absolutely, we have noticed a decrease in speed," says Sgt. Cam Woolley of the Ontario Provincial Police. "We've also noticed a decrease in discretionary travel."

3 comments

  1. Atniz // July 9, 2008 at 3:28 AM  

    We have noticed this earlier when the price increased. Everyone stop bringing car. Some still bring, but very slow. At least we can reduce number of road accidents.

  2. frugalfergie // July 10, 2008 at 1:31 AM  

    I find myself driving a lot less too, and when I do drive, I try to go to the stores/activities that are closest to home.

  3. confused // July 13, 2008 at 2:56 PM  

    it's the same as anything if the demand slows the price drops..maybe a little less of super mom driving the SUV like she is in the Indy 500 going to the mall everyday..will have an impact..