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With gas prices on the rise here in the lower mainland..
To the drivers:
Do you ask your friends for gas money when you pick them up/drop them off? (if you are going out of your way)
Do you think there should be some fair trade off in-between?
What do you think is a fair amount to ask?
How often should you ask if you do?
To the passengers:
Do you offer gas money to the driver?
What other means of "gratitude" besides a "thank you" do you give?
How often should you offer "gratitude"?
Last edited by thegentleman; 05-17-2012 at 04:45 PM.
If my friend is driving and we are going a little bit further than just driving around town, I usually buy the meal or pay for something we do together on that day. It seems awkward for me to just offer straight cash and my friend probably wouldn't accept it in that manner anyways.
There's no way I would ask a friend for gas money if it's driving around the Lower Mainland. If it's a weekend trip with the guys to Portland, Seattle, or a road trip to LA then the gas expenses is shared among the driver and passenger.
oh i forgot to reply. i don't mind pitching in $20 for gas here and there. sometimes i'll full tank it, if i have the chance to be sneaky enough. i used to work with my cousin who i always got a ride with so i'd throw money into his car before i bolt out and into my house. i'm the type of person though, if i don't have money, i won't bother going anywhere unless i'm forcefully dragged out of my house.
i think the way my fam is, we don't accept gas money and are very reluctant to do so. when i start driving, i don't think i'll ask my friends for gas money.. especially if i'm the one who offers to pick them up. you can't offer then ask for money.. that's just a weird concept to me.
of course, when you're driving out of town, i think it's unspoken that gas money should be given. or at least spring for lunch/drinks when you stop off.
I'm an adult, so I don't give a fuck about asking people for gas money, and they won't ask me because they aren't cheap. Although, in road trip situations, there's an unspoken understanding that the driver gets booze and meals comped.
Well this is pretty much how my friends and i work with this kinda thing... Somebody drives first... then next day, somebody else... and on and on until somebody has a turn. then the first person will drive again...
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Depends on the friend, my good buddy doesn't have his license. I don't mind driving him to work or to the skytrain after work, but I just hate when he feels like Im obligated to drive him.
One buddy was super cheap to me when I didn't have a car, so now he lost his license I just don't bother even driving him.
Friends with cars, we just take turns.
Trip to the states, we usually split it between all the passengers.
i'm usually not too worried about who give me money for gas. If we are all going out to the same place, i could honestly care less. If i was offered money, i would refuse it in a second but if they bought me a meal or something, that's fine by me.
I guess the only expection is a road trip. If you have friends that aren't cheap, they should return the favour some how (other than offering straight cash). In the end, i'm sure it evens out.
For me, I'm usually the driver. Because A) I have my own vehicle B) Full license C) I live on the other side of the city with a certain group of friends. D) some of my friends don't have a car/license. I don't mind if the destination is on the way. But if I have to go on a major detour, I find it irritating.
ie. Friends and I want to go to the Nightmarket in Richmond. My house is lets say around 33rd + Victoria, while a friend lives near Metrotown and asks for a ride there/back.
I'm usually not the type to say no to giving rides. I never do ask for gas money. But if the offer is there (which rarely happens in my case) I would take it. But I wouldn't mind receiving 5 bucks here and there. (I'm not expecting it every single ride) Insurance + gas isn't cheap.