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Old 05-17-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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"Gas money" & friends

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"?
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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if you guys are going on a long trip then yeah I think it's fair to ask for gas money... but it's just within lower mainland then no
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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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.
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For those who ask for gas money, would you ask by the milage or by the tank?

I usually just do $0.125 per km travelled for long road trips. ($50 per tank, 400km per tank)
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:50 PM   #5
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i usually treat the driver to a beer if it is a farther than usual drive

i dont believe in asking for gas money because it just leaves a bad impression of yourself. if you do not want to drive, just say it.
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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.
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ill drive this time, he/she drives next.
not in the business of nickle and dime-ing my friends.

out of GVRD - we will split the cost. its understood.
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IF my friends drive me around, i'll usually buy them a few rounds in the club or pub.
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with regular friends :

Offers meal at the end of trip or pays for gas if friend needs to fill up during the trip

with best friend :

pay for your own meal and gas
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we try to drive our fair share amongst each other. its not tit for tat but thats ok.
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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.

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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.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:30 PM   #14
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^ speaking of gas money, where is my 10 bucks dukes! =/
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if my buddy was going out of his way for me i always buy food/gas
just cuz,

and my friends do the same for me;D

unless we were going the same way..or we know the other is tapped out, we just offer it, or w/e.

or, the occasional drive naw its okay.
but if the person is CONSTANTLY asking for a ride, than fack that shit!
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:16 PM   #16
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if the driver doesnt ask.... I wouldn't offer...
never have anyone asked me to pitch in for gas even though they're driving me home out in slurrey...
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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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Old 05-17-2012, 09:19 PM   #19
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for me, me and my friend we go out 3 times a week, we rotate car, meaning, he use his car for this week, i use my car the next week...it just alternates
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Are you kidding!!?? Why are you that cheap and ask your freind for a few backs? Glad I don't know anybody that cheap.
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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.
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i drive and i dont ask. but then again i understand some people are hurting for money.
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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.
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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.
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